Ex-Clip­pers owner’s wife wins prop­erty

The China Post - - SPORTS - BY BRIAN MELLEY

The wife of for­mer Los An­ge­les Clip­pers owner Don­ald Ster­ling is owed US$2.6 mil­lion by a woman her hus­band show­ered with gifts, a judge ruled Tues­day.

Judge Richard Fruin Jr. awarded Shelly Ster­ling money that was com­mu­nity prop­erty from six decades of mar­riage that was se­cretly spent buy­ing V. Sti­viano a house, a Fer­rari and other luxury gifts.

“Shelly is thrilled with the de­ci­sion,” at­tor­ney Pierce O’Don­nell said. “This is cer­tainly a victory for the Ster­ling fam­ily whose funds were dis­si­pated by Don­ald to lav­ish mil­lions of dol­lars of gifts on a con­niv­ing mis­tress.”

Sti­viano’s lawyer had ar­gued the gifts were made when Don­ald and Shelly Ster­ling were sep­a­rated and that Shelly Ster­ling couldn’t seek them from a third party. The judge re­jected those ar­gu­ments.

At­tor­ney Mac Ne­ho­ray said he and his client were dis­ap­pointed in the rul­ing and would ap­peal.

The rul­ing, which is ten­ta­tive and will be­come fi­nal in 15 days if there are no ob­jec­tions, comes nearly a year af­ter Sti­viano’s record­ing of Don­ald Ster­ling mak­ing racially of­fen­sive re­marks bounced him from the Na­tional Bas­ket­ball As­so­ci­a­tion and cost him team own­er­ship.

Shelly Ster­ling’s l awyers used other record­ings to show he bought Sti­viano a house, a US$240,000 Fer­rari and ex­trav­a­gant shop­ping sprees.

In the record­ings on Sti­viano’s iPhone, she and the 80-year-old bil­lion­aire are heard dis­cussing how to shield gifts from his wife.

“The truth is that ev­ery­thing that I have, you’ve given me from your heart with­out me beg­ging or ask­ing or throw­ing my­self all over you,” Sti­viano said in a snip­pet played in court.

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