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May 30th, 2014
05:26 PM ET

'Mentally incapacitated': Is it fair to force Sterling to sell the Clippers?

(CNN) – LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling has been deemed "mentally incapacitated," sources tell CNN. That would make his estranged wife the sole trustee of the NBA team.

While Sterling's comments were abhorrently racist, at the end of the day, the recording that captured them appears to have been illegally taped, leaked to the media, and now he is being forced to sell the team.

"There's always going to be a big argument about a person losing a ... $2 billion entity over a private conversation, I think that's always going to be out there. The fact is, the moment it was made public, I don't think they had any other choice," says Washington Post sports columnist Mike Wise.

Under the law, "he has a claim, perhaps, against V. Stiviano, if in fact this was illegally taped, " says CNN senior legal analyst and New Yorker writer Jeffrey Toobin.

"But the NBA was dealing with a situation where they were losing advertisers, they were losing players, and they had to get rid of him," says Toobin.

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