Donald Sterling, former owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, has filed for divorce from Shelly Sterling, his wife of nearly 60 years.
Papers filed by Donald Sterling, 81, on Wednesday cite “irreconcilable differences” between the couple following their highly publicized legal battle, which ended in August 2014 when Shelly Sterling sold the basketball team to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer for $2 billion.
According to the Los Angeles Times, Donald Sterling is alleging that his wife has not given him his share of the money made from the sale. The papers note that “Donald hereby demands an accounting and distribution.”
In 2014, Donald Sterling faced scrutiny after the public release of a recording of him making disparaging remarks about African-Americans. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver subsequently banned him and encouraged other team owners to pressure him to sell the Clippers.
In the end, two doctors found Donald Sterling mentally incompetent, and Shelly Sterling negotiated the sale to Ballmer. (Donald has since contested the doctors’ findings.)
An attorney spokesperson told the Associated Press that Shelly Sterling has no comment on the matter.
At the time of the scandal, Shelly Sterling told ABC news that she had long planned to divorce her husband.
“For the last 20 years, I’ve been seeing attorneys for a divorce,” she said. “In fact, I have here – I just filed – I was going to file the petition. I signed the petition for a divorce. And it came to almost being filed. And then, my financial adviser and my attorney said to me, ‘Not now.’ ”
In April 2015, Shelly Sterling won a court battle over her husband’s alleged mistress, V. Stiviano, when a judge ruled that Stiviano had to return $800,000 in cash and automobiles that Donald Sterling had given her, in addition to vacating a $1.8 million duplex he had provided her.