Donald Sterling accused of threatening to ‘take out’ wife’s lawyer, sue doctors

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(CNN) — Donald Sterling can’t seem to avoid trouble over recorded phone calls.

In the latest twist to a downfall triggered by more recordings, the Los Angeles Clippers’ owner allegedly threatened to “take out” his wife’s lawyer and sue two doctors who declared him mentally unfit.

He made several calls to the doctors this month and left profanity-laced voice mails to intimidate them out of testifying next month, according to attorneys for his wife, Shelly Sterling.

“I’m not incompetent. You’re (expletive) incompetent, you stupid (expletive) doctor,” he said in a June 9 voice mail provided by his wife’s attorneys.

‘How dare you’

In the message, he identifies himself and expresses anger about the release of his medical records.

“There’s an ethical issue here. … How dare you give my records to a lawyer for the purpose of using it against me?” he demands. “You’re nothing but a fraud and a liar and a cheat, and I’m going to see that you lose your license, and I’m suing you for conspiracy.”

Sterling made the calls to two doctors, James Spar and Meril Platzer, who diagnosed him as mentally incapacitated.

Both will present their evidence in court on behalf of Shelly Sterling, who’s vying to uphold a negotiated sale of the Clippers.

Death threat?

His wife’s attorney, Pierce O’Donnell, said Sterling targeted him as well and threatened to “take you out.”

“I took that as a death threat,” O’Donnell said. “That hasn’t happened in 40 years as a trial lawyer.”

Donald Sterling waived doctor-patient confidentiality in connection with his mental evaluation, Shelly Sterling’s attorneys said in court papers, an assertion denied by his lawyers.

She asked a judge to order her husband and his legal team to stop contacting and harassing witnesses involved in the court battle.

Los Angeles Judge Michael Levanas on Thursday rejected the wife’s request to keep her husband and his lawyers away from witnesses, saying her assertions don’t “rise to the level of great and irreparable injury.”

“It is probably no surprise to anyone that this case might involve high emotions and some litigation posturing,” the judge wrote.

Deal to sell the team

Donald Sterling’s attorneys admitted he left the voice mails, but they said he meant no harm and was just distressed that his medical records were publicized.

The two physicians who examined Donald Sterling didn’t have his permission to talk to third parties, said Bobby Samini, another attorney for Donald Sterling,

In next month’s probate court trial, Shelly Sterling will ask the court to uphold her deal to sell the team to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer for $2 billion.

Her decision to go to probate court follows a ruling by three physicians that her 80-year-old husband is mentally incapacitated and shows early Alzheimer’s or other brain disease.

The couple co-owns the basketball team. If one of the trustees is declared mentally incapacitated, the other becomes the lone trustee, according to records. His wife used that provision to negotiate the deal with Ballmer.

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver banned Sterling for life and fined him $2.5 million after a different recording appeared in April in which he made a series of racist comments to a friend.

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  • omaritahir

    AFRICAN AMERICAN ATHLETES “JUST SAY NO” TO NBA CIRCUS AND FORM OTHER
    MULTI0-ETHNIC PRO BASKETBALL, FOOTBALL AND BASEBALL LEAGUES AND THEN
    MERGE WITH EXISTING NBA, NFL AND MLB?????
    BILL GATES, PAUL ALLEN AND STEVE BALLMER, are all cut from the same
    cloth!!! I was arguing with Mary Gates, (Bill Gates mother) when she
    was on the Board of Regents at the University of Washington about
    divesting from businesses doing business with APARTHEID SOUTH AFRICA?
    When I sued the URBAN LEAGUE LEECHES about their neo-colonial take over
    and subversion of positive youth activities, Bill Gates dad (Bill Gates
    Sr.) turned up as their Lawyer. The BILL AND MELINDA GATES FOUNDATION,
    provided the seed money for the 36 CONDOS AND FAKE “NORTHWEST AFRICAN
    AMERICAN MUSEUM” (NAAM). YES, “NAAM IS A SCAM”. the URBAN LEAGUE
    LEECHES then went bust with their neo-colonial take over of the “SMALL
    BUSINESS /CONTRACTOR’S RESOURCE CENTER”. So this is my response to the
    DONALD STERLING CLIPPERS PLANTATION EXPOSURE AND BILL GATES AND PAUL
    ALLEN’S MICRSOFT PARTNER STEVE BALLMERS PURCHASE OF THE LA CLIPPER
    PLANTATION FOR 2 BILLION DOLLARS($ 2,OOO,OOO,OOO)?
    FYI
    ARE WE
    CRAZZZZZZY????? STEVE BALLMER’S 2 BILLION COULD END ALL HOMELESSNESS IN
    SEATTLE? WHAT IS MORE IMPORTANT ANOTHER WHITE PLANTATION OWNER WITH
    “BLACK LABOR”?? WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE STERLINGS, STEVEN
    BALLMER OR BILL AND HILLARY CLINTON OWNING THE LA CLIPPERS PLANTATION???
    IF AFRICAN AMERICANS ARE 80% OF THE NBA AND 99% OF TOP BASKETBALL
    PLAYERS, WHY ARE NO BASKETBALL TALENT WHITES THE TEAM / PLANTATION
    OWNERS? YES ECONOMIC APARTHEID / PLANTATION POLITICS (HARLEM
    GLOBETROTTERS) IS STILL OPERATIVE!!!!! THE STRUGGLE CONTINUES, Omari
    Tahir
    FYI
    MR..PRESIDENT MR STERLING IS NOT “IGNORANT”. HE IS TRUTHFUL AND HONEST
    ABOUT THE PAST AND PRESENT US POLITICAL ECONOMIC SOCIAL SYSTEM AND MOST
    IMPORTANT PAST AND PRESENT “US WHITE SUPREMACY”/ BLACK LABOR CULTURE!!
    “THE KING HAS NO CLOTHES”
    Mr.
    Sterling is a typical “EUROPEAN SETTLER COLONIAL BUSINESS MAN”
    operating on the land PIRATED FROM THE NATIVE PEOPLE AND DEVELOPED BY
    AFRICAN:”SLAVE LABOR” THROUGH GENOCIDAL TERRORISM !!!! LIKE HIS FELLOW
    EURO DESCENDANT BANKERS, MOVIE EXECUTIVES. INDUSTRIALISTS, POLITICIANS,
    CATHOLIC, PROTESTANT, EVANGELICAL AND OTHER “WHITE JESUS” RELIGIOUS
    LEADERS. The “WHITE SUPREMACY COURT” has ruled in the DRED SCOTT CASE
    THAT “A BLACK MAN HAS NO RIGHTS A WHITE MAN IS BOUND TO RESPECT”? What
    is new???? “THE MORE THINGS CHANGE THE MORE THEY REMAIN THE SAME”??? IT
    IS TIME THE AFRICAN AMERICAN BASKETBALL AND FOOTBALL PLAYERS STOP
    “PLAYING AS VICTIMS”,,,, FORM AND CONTROL THEIR OWN MULTI- ETHNIC
    LEAGUES AND THEN MERGE WITH THE NBA AND NFL!!!!! PLANTATIONS SHOULD HAVE
    MORE THAN JUST “WHITE” OWNERS IN 2014 FORWARD OR THE BLACK HORSES DON’T
    RUN!!!!…………….. TALENT EQUALS CONTROL.??????? FOR THE SAKE OF
    JUSTICE YOU CAN THROW IN $$$TRILLIONS FOR “REPAIRATIONS”
    (REPARATIONS) 400 YEARS OF UNPAID BLACK “SLAVE LABOR” BEFORE THE NBA
    AND NFL!!!!!!!! YES, YES, YES JUSTICE AND AN END TO ECONOMIC
    APARTHEID!!!! Omari Tahir FOUNDER African American Heritage Museum and
    Culture Center and AFRICATOWN SEATTLE (SUPER SONICS).

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