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Person close to Sterling family: Donald Sterling has dementia, kept him out of team sale

Shelly Sterling sits with her husband, Donald Sterling, right, during a Los Angeles Clippers' NBA basketball game in Los Angeles on Nov. 12, 2010. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Mark J. Terrill

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Shelly Sterling sits with her husband, Donald Sterling, right, during a Los Angeles Clippers' NBA basketball game in Los Angeles on Nov. 12, 2010. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Mark J. Terrill

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - A person close to the Sterling family says Donald Sterling was stripped of his ability to act as a trustee of the family's fortunes, including the Los Angeles Clippers, after two neurologists determined he was suffering from dementia.

The individual, who is familiar with the trust and the medical evaluations but wasn't authorized to speak publicly, says Sterling was deemed "mentally incapacitated."

Shelly Sterling said in a statement Thursday that she agreed to sell the team to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer "under her authority as the sole trustee of The Sterling Family Trust, which owns the Clippers."

Donald Sterling's attorneys contend that as a co-owner he must give his consent for the deal to go through. They say he won't be giving it.

His attorney, Bobby Samini, says "the assertion that Donald Sterling lacks mental capacity is absurd."

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