Donald Sterling happy about selling Clippers, says it feel like landing on a ‘pile of gold’
ESPN’s 30 for 30 podcast miniseries “The Sterling Affairs,” released this week, has revealed more behind-the-scenes drama, which unfolded at the time of former Los Angeles Clippers team owner Donald Sterling’s affair, subsequent ousting, and the aftermath of the sell to Steve Ballmer.
Per Sterling’s wife, Shelly, who had briefly separated from her real estate mogul and former NBA governor spouse before reconciling, Donald Sterling is happy to make a profit off of the events leading up to his lifetime ban (via NBC Sports).
[Sterling’s] happy about selling the team now. Yes. He tells a lot of people. He says, “You know, I had to sell the team, but I feel like I fell off a tree and I landed on a pile of gold.”
Sterling had leaked audio in 2014 wherein he told a female companion racist remarks, including an insensitive comment about associating with Magic Johnson, the Laker great and now-former executive, due to the color of his skin.
NBA commissioner Adam Silver was quick to institute a lifetime ban on Sterling in the early days of his commissionership. Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer completed a deal to purchase the team for $2 billion in May 2014.
Under Ballmer’s stewardship, the Clippers have gone a massive transformation. Ballmer’s Clippers traded the Lob City era trio of Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, and DeAndre Jordan in favor of one of the biggest offseason changes in recent memory due to the acquisitions of All-Stars Paul George and Kawhi Leonard.