That seems to be the general reaction of many folks after Thursday's news that Sterling's wife, Shelly, has agreed to sell the team to former
"Never in the course of sports purchases has complete idiocy led to a price that will definitely raise the value of every single NBA team," Andy Dolich, who has held management positions in the four major U.S. sports leagues, told Bloomberg News. "The next major focal point will be on the amount of money that was paid to a guy that pulled the pin on his own hand grenade while holding it."
Last month a recording was released of Sterling making inflammatory comments about African Americans. The NBA commissioner fined Sterling $2.5 million, banned him from any contact with the league and strongly recommended that NBA owners force Sterling to sell the Clippers.
If the deal goes through, the Sterlings will have made a reported 15,900% return on Donald Sterling's initial investment of $12.5 million back in 1981. And it all will have come about because of his abhorrent comments.
That's not sitting well with many folks on Twitter:
"Wow. $2 Billion for the LA Clippers. If Sterling had known that price tag, he would have shared his thoughts years ago." -- Yahoo! senior reporter Charles Robinson;
"So Donald Sterling will make $2 Billion for the sale of the Clippers. Well I hope he learned his lesson" -- Justin Stangel, executive producer/writer for Late Night with David Letterman;
"Don Sterling got $2 BILLION for selling the Clippers? Uh, hey...I don't want any black people in my house! Make me an offer!" -- comedian Patton Oswalt.
L.A. City Council President Herb Wesson said it would be "kind of a downer" if Donald and Shelly Sterling end up making a considerable amount of money out of the transaction. But he argued that having "that mindset out of the league is more important."
Given that Ballmer is said to be worth 10 times the amount he is willing to pay for the team, a lot of folks are fine with a transaction that appears to be a fresh start for the franchise.
"I know all L.A. fans will join me in putting the past behind us and looking forward to a new and winning era for the Clippers," L.A. Mayor
"I think it's a great move for us," Clippers power forward
And the consensus seems to be that Ballmer is the right guy for the task.
"Ballmer, huh?" center
"God works in mysterious ways.." tweeted Clippers guard
Johnson was mentioned by name in the racially sensitive rant by Sterling that led the Clippers to this point. He was also criticized by Sterling in a later interview for his supposed lack of involvement in the African American community.
"Steve Ballmer owning the Clippers is a big win for the City of LA and all the people who live in the City of
Former USC football coach and current coach of the Seattle Seahawks
Of course, there's surely many folks in the city who have the same reaction as Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist