Fox Sports -- LOS ANGELES – Donald Sterling, who's challenging the sale of his Los Angeles Clippers, gave testy, bombastic testimony Tuesday, contending he's mentally sound, sparring with his wife's lawyer and repeatedly drawing laughter from spectators.
"Tell me what you want to accuse me of...stand up and be a man," he told attorney Bert Fields during a 90-minute afternoon appearance.
The 80-year-old billionaire also called doctors who've declared he has Alzheimer's disease "hired guns," pleaded a faulty memory about some of his most controversial remarks and declared he could top the $2 billion offer for the Clippers by $10 billion by selling TV rights to Fox and winning an antitrust suit he's filed against the NBA.
"What do you think, I'm doing this for ego?" he asked Fields.
"Yes," the attorney replied.
"Well, you're wrong, like you're wrong with all your questions,"
He also repeatedly told the soft-voiced Fields that he couldn't hear him, but at one point also said he was a good lawyer.
The NBA has moved to oust
His lawyers are challenging the authority of Shelly Sterling under a family trust to unilaterally cut a deal for the team with former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.
In order to be able to make the deal herself, Shelly Sterling had two doctors examine her husband and they declared him mentally incapacitated and unable to act as an administrator of The Sterling Family Trust, which owns the Clippers.
"When I went to the Cleveland Clinic, they told me I was razor-sharp. I have five corporations and I run them every day," he said.
"I wanted to keep the team. I didn't want to sell it," he said.
Despite his challenge,
"I trust her today,"
At times, he sniffled and appeared to wipe away a tear.
A neurologist hired by his wife testified Monday that she believed he has Alzheimer's disease and a psychiatrist also hired by Shelly Sterling testified Tuesday that he drew the same conclusion after examining
Dr. James Sparr said
Sparr's report concluded that
NBA owners are scheduled to vote on the Ballmer deal on July 15. It's also the day that Ballmer's offer is set to expire — and there is no deal without the judge's approval of the sale.
If the sale isn't completed by Sept. 15, the league said it could seize the team and put it up for auction.
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