The trial over the sale of the Los Angeles Clippers had an explosive day on Wednesday, as both Donald and Shelly Sterling testified in court, and Donald drew a reprimand from the judge for lashing out at his wife.
As Shelly Sterling walked past her husband following her testimony, Sterling said to her, "Stay away from me, you pig." He attempted to continue his comments, however Judge Michael Levanas interrupted him saying, "Please don’t make any comments to your wife. That’s somewhat disturbing."
That moment came after some combative testimony from Mr. Sterling. Shelly Sterling's attorney questioned Donald about why he had brought this suit against her and the NBA, after earlier agreeing to sell the team. A seasoned attorney himself, Sterling often played the courtroom and made them laugh, but he took this question very seriously:
The reason you are handling the case is because you want to charge millions in fees, right? The reason is not because of my dignity. The reason is that the Lakers signed a deal with Warners for $3 billion. The reason is, I am negotiating with Fox."
Sterling was referring to the $3 billion deal the crosstown Lakers have with Time Warner Cable to broadcast games over the next twenty years. Fox has not confirmed this negotiation with the Clippers.