Donald Sterling loses out on legal options to block sale of Clippers

Sterling's lawyers had tried to get an immediate stay, but the appeal was rejected by California’s 2nd Court of Appeal

Short of a decision by the Supreme Court, which is unlikely, Donald Sterling looks like he has no choice but to go along with the sale of the Los Angeles Clippers to ex-Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer for $2 billion.

"While we have no doubt Donald Sterling will appeal to the Supreme Court, we are beyond thrilled and gratified and supremely confident that this is now over and done and Steve Ballmer is the undisputed owner of the Los Angeles Clippers," Adam Streisand, who represents Ballmer, was quoted by ESPN.

The attorneys representing Sterling appear to accept the fact they were defeated.

"We who represent Donald Sterling are deeply disappointed that he has been deprived from ownership of the Clippers after 33 years without being accorded appellate review of this harsh result," Max Blecher and Bobby Samini, said in a statement released last week. "Nevertheless, we are confident Donald will be completely vindicated in his federal case against the NBA. More importantly, we believe that the ‘popular’ ruling in the Probate matter is a serious blow to the Privacy rights for all Americans."

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