As most of the country has learned in the last couple of days, Sterling wrecked his three-decade tenure as the unsuccessful and unliked boss of L.A.'s No. 2 professional basketball team by making racially charged comments to his girlfriend -- comments that the girlfriend recorded and that, mysteriously, ended up on the TMZ website.
Actually, girlfriend does not quite capture the disputed nature of the relationship between Sterling and the former
Mrs. Sterling claims Stiviano received $2.5 million in gifts from her husband, including four high-end luxury cars and a deluxe apartment, and she insists that the young woman conned Donald into coughing up the goods. Stiviano's attorney calls that allegation ridiculous and also says his client never had sex with the old man. In documents asking that the case be dismissed, the lawyer said, "Nowhere in the complaint is it alleged that defendant so acted nor that the feminine wiles of Ms. Stiviano overpowered the iron will of Donald T. Sterling who is well known as one of the most shrewd businessmen in the world."
“Shrewd” might be an overstatement, given the mess Sterling has now made for himself by berating his mixed-race gal pal for hanging out with too many black men. Most notably, he complained about an Instagram picture Stiviano posted of herself standing next to basketball legend
This is a man whom ex-Clippers general manager and NBA great
That won’t be happening now. On Tuesday, NBA Commissioner