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

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Donald Sterling, now 88 years old, has long been a controversial figure within the sports world. Consequently, he has maintained a really low profile lately.

Sterling previously was the owner of the Clippers franchise from 1981-2014, purchasing the team once 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 dam his desire to maneuver the Clippers to Los Angeles.

After just a number of years playing within the San Diego Sports Arena, Sterling managed to maneuver the team, although any sustained success remained elusive due partly 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, California.
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But an important and disturbing controversy occurred in 2014, when reports emerged that Sterling had been recorded making inexcusable racist remarks to V. Stiviano.

In response, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver banned Sterling for all times from “attending NBA games or practices,” being “present at any Clippers office or facility,” or participating “in any business or personnel decisions involving the team.”

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Silver fined Sterling $2.5 million and likewise forced the sale of the Clippers, who eventually wound up within 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 together with his estranged wife Shelly and was photographed being escorted to his automobile 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 automobile by a mystery woman. 
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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.
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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. 
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It’s comprehensible that he has maintained a low public profile; his personal issues haven’t endeared him to Los Angeles locals.

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Despite that, Sterling stays certainly one of the strongest figures in LA real estate. As of 2014, he owned 162 properties everywhere in the region.

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