Disgraced Clippers Owner Donald Sterling Had ‘Friendship Agreement’ Contracts With His Girlfriends to Protect Him From Lawsuits

Donald Sterling is a tycoon who has made his wealth purchasing real estate. According to ABC News, he bought the Los Angeles Clippers in 1981 for $12.7 million when the team was situated in San Diego. He later moved them to Los Angeles and franchised the group. Sterling is married to Shelly Sterling despite the multitude of gossip about his undertakings and settlings on his girlfriend’s consent to ‘friendship arrangements.’

Sterling claimed the Clippers for 33 years, but then a voice recording surfaced of Sterling spouting racist comments toward his assistant and ex, V.Stiviana, according to the NY Mag. This tape cost him the Los Angeles Clippers since, not long after its delivery, his significant other Shelly sold the Clippers for $2 billion to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.

A brief history of the San Diego/Los Angeles Clippers

Former Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling seen before an NBA game at the Sports Arena
Former Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling | Anacleto Rapping/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

The Los Angeles Clippers are a basketball group that contends in the NBA inside the western gatherings pacific division. It was established in 1970 and was known as Buffalo Braves. In 1978 they moved to San Diego and changed their name to the Clippers. After the acquisition by Donald Sterling in 1981, he wrongfully migrated the group to Los Angeles in 1984, and the establishment has stayed in LA since.

After the racist comments by Sterling, Shelly, his wife, sold the Los Angeles Clippers in 2014 at $2 billion, according to SB Nation. Additionally, Sterling was prohibited from the NBA forever and fined $2.5 million. Sterling challenged the deal in court, and the case was settled in Nov. 2016.

Donald Sterling’s extramarital relationships

Donald Sterling wedded his better half Rochelle (Shelly) Stein in 1955 and had three kids together. Despite being hitched, Sterling has had numerous lady friends and extramarital affairs. A portion of the connections incorporate:

In 1996, Christine Jacky, an adviser for property executives who also worked for the Clippers, sued Sterling for sexual harassment. Her case was that he offered her cash for sex and requested that she enroll sexual accomplices for him. He privately settled the case in 1998.

Sterling also had an affair with Alexandra Castro, and he sued her to return the house she resided in after their relationship ended in 2003. In 2004, Sterling and Castro arrived at a private settlement out of court. Castro expressed that Sterling consulted her on Clippers’ staff choices.

Castro had signed an agreement in 1999 that shielded Sterling from her looking for palimony, which splits resources between unmarried couples. The ‘friendship agreement’ read that “he was happily married, has a family, and has zero desire to participate in exercises conflicting with his essential relationship.”

In 2012, his marriage with Shelly got ugly when she kicked him out of their beachside house and Malibu. Sterling petitioned for divorce on August 5, 2015, from his wife, but in March 2016, they settled their issues and chose not to continue with a divorce.

Sterling’s racist conversation with V. Stiviano

V. Stiviano was Donald Sterling’s assistant and girlfriend. She recorded the racist remarks made by Sterling after he saw Stiviano’s Instagram post posing with black people. His remarks were the start of the end for him at the NBA since he was later fined and prohibited forever, training his longest reining streak as a proprietor of an NBA group.

The impact on Donald Sterling’s marriage

Being one of his numerous relationships, V. Stiviano signed a friendship agreement; Donald Sterling got her a $1.8 million duplex in Beverly Hills, three vehicles (a Ferrari, a Bentley, and a Range Rover), and all the cash she wanted for food, garments, gadgets, and accessories, according to Clutch Points. This was too much money to be spending on a girlfriend for his wife, so she sued.

Sterling’s ex had to return $2.6 million worth of assets, and, surprisingly, Sterling appealed the choice saying he loved her. Still, the reality was that the cash he gifted her, his wife owned half, and the friendship agreement she signed didn’t afford her any remuneration as an unmarried couple.

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