Donald Sterling Sent Letter to NBA Allowing His Wife to Negotiate LA Clippers Sale

Though the team owner’s longtime attorney was apparently CC’d on the correspondence, he denies knowledge of the nearly week-old document

Last Updated: August 4, 2014 @ 9:39 AM

Donald Sterling agreed to allow his wife to sell the Los Angeles Clippers in a letter addressed to the NBA and dated May 22, a person with knowledge of the situation told TheWrap.

The person also told us that Sterling’s attorney, Maxwell M. Blecher, was CC’d on the note, but denies any knowledge of its existence. A phone call to Blecher Collins Pepperman & Joye directed us to a recording that says, “The law firm has no comment at this time.”

At the time of this writing, the law firm has not yet returned TheWrap’s request for further comment.

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The L.A. Clippers also did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment.

According to TMZ, which says it has obtained a copy of the document in question, the letter reads: “As you know, I have been a long-time attorney for Donald T. Sterling. Mr. Sterling agrees to the sale of his interest in the Los Angeles Clippers.”

It continues: “This letter confirms that Donald T. Sterling authorizes Rochelle Sterling to negotiate with the National Basketball Association regarding all issues in connection with a sale of the Los Angeles Clippers team, owned by LAC Basketball Club, Inc.”

Below the lawyer’s signature is Sterling’s saying “read and approved,” the website reports.


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