Donald Sterling calls wife 'pig' after her testimony over Clippers sale


Los Angeles Times

After a second day of fiery testimony from her husband, Shelly Sterling took the stand Wednesday in a trial that may decide if she acted legally when she seized control of the Sterling Family Trust and sold the Los Angeles Clippers.

Soon after, Judge Michael Levanas called an end to the day's testimony, and Donald Sterling was heard saying to his wife, "Get away from me, you pig!" And then adding, "Shelly, how could you lie?"

During her testimony, Shelly Sterling said she arranged medical exams for Donald Sterling because she feared he was developing Alzheimer's disease.

"He's been getting more forgetful. He's slurring his words. He's agitated a lot. He gets mad for no particular reason," she said of his condition. "He's just not the same person that he used to be."

On the CNN interview Donald Sterling gave to Anderson Cooper, Shelly Sterling said, "I couldn't believe it and I started crying. I felt so bad. I couldn't believe that was him."

Earlier, Donald Sterling took the stand for a second day and was only a little less combative and blustery than he was Tuesday.

Continuing the defensive testimony he delivered a day before, Sterling shouted and swore he would never sell the team.

"Make no mistake today, I will never, ever, sell this team. Until I die, I will be suing the NBA," Sterling shouted during a heated portion of questioning by opposing lawyers.

Sterling also told lawyers that Shelly Sterling never read the trust in question.

"She wouldn't know what's in the trust," he said, continuing the defiant tone he used in Tuesday's testimony. "The trust is complicated."

"She deceived me. I trusted her. I believed in her," Sterling said earlier. "I never thought that a woman wouldn't stand by her husband."

Sterling and opposing attorney Bert Fields got into a heated exchange almost immediately when Fields asked Sterling if he was retired.

"I have five major corporations and I operate them," Sterling said. "How could I be retired?

"Do you think a man that has 200 buildings in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, San Diego is retired? I'm not retired sir, got it?" he said. "Is that it, are you finished?"

Before Donald Sterling testified, Shelly Sterling approached him and smiled as the two spoke.

The third day of the trial opened with testimony from neurologist Meril Platzer, one of the two doctors who examined Sterling at his Beverly Hills home in May and found him to have Alzheimer's disease.

Attorney Gary Ruttenberg, a lawyer for Donald Sterling, tried to show that Platzer was influenced by Shelly Sterling's attorneys and should not have released Donald Sterling's private records.

Ruttenberg said Platzer "was taken over to the dark side" of Shelly Sterling's "secret plan B" to take over the Clippers.

"I'm not a lawyer, I am a doctor," Platzer said repeatedly.

(Everett Cook contributed to this report.)

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