Donald Sterling, disgraced former NBA team owner, makes rare public appearance in California

Sterling previously was the owner of the Clippers franchise from 1981-2014, purchasing the team when they were headquartered in San Diego.

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His early ownership years were marred by financial disagreements, with the NBA repeatedly fining him and attempting to block his desire to move the Clippers to Los Angeles.

After just a few years playing in the San Diego Sports Arena, Sterling managed to move the team, although any sustained success remained elusive due in part to low payrolls.

Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling attends the NBA playoff game between the Clippers and the Golden State Warriors, April 21, 2014 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, Kalifornië.

Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling attends the NBA playoff game between the Clippers and the Golden State Warriors, April 21, 2014 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, Kalifornië. (ROBYN BECK/AFP via Getty Images)

But the most important and disturbing controversy occurred in 2014, when reports emerged that Sterling had been recorded making inexcusable racist remarks to V. Stiviano.

In reaksie daarop, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver banned Sterling for life fromattending NBA games or practices,” beingpresent at any Clippers office or facility,” or participatingin any business or personnel decisions involving the team.

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Silver fined Sterling $ 2.5 million and also forced the sale of the Clippers, who eventually wound up in the hands of current owner Steve Ballmer.

He all but disappeared from public life after these events, but resurfaced recently at a Malibu restaurant.

Sterling dined with his estranged wife Shelly and was photographed being escorted to his car by a young, unidentified woman:

The 88-year-old business man says his goodbyes before getting escorted to the car by a mystery woman.

The 88-year-old business man says his goodbyes before getting escorted to the car by a mystery woman. (Agtergrond)

Sterling has remained low key over the the past eight years since his epic downfall Sterling, when his past racial insensitivity was well-documented and made headlines after a racist conversation with mistress V. Stiviano.

Sterling has remained low key over the the past eight years since his epic downfall Sterling, when his past racial insensitivity was well-documented and made headlines after a racist conversation with mistress V. Stiviano. (Agtergrond)

Former LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling makes a rare outing with family and friends for dinner in Malibu.

Former LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling makes a rare outing with family and friends for dinner in Malibu. (Agtergrond)

It’s understandable that he has maintained a low public profile; his personal issues have not endeared him to Los Angeles locals.

Ten spyte daarvan, Sterling remains one of the most powerful figures in LA real estate. Asof 2014, he owned 162 properties all over the region.

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