Disgraced owner of the Los Angeles Clippers Donald Sterling gave a bizarre representation of himself as sane man in court on Tuesday afternoon where he went about berating the NBA and verbally attacking an opposing lawyer in a mad hour long ramble.
Sterling has recently been declared mentally incapacitated by two doctors but strongly rubbished the reports despite his odd and somewhat delusional court appearance that indicated the former.
Sterling continues to fight with the NBA's ruling of his lifetime ban from the league and took to court in the second day of proceedings to argue his case in an outcome that will ultimately decide if he remains the Clippers owner.
Many were astounded by the nature in which Sterling set about verbally attacking the opposing lawyer, the 80-year old Sterling referred to Bert Fields as a 'smartass' and told him to 'stand up and be a man'.
Proceedings were lead through sweltering heat in the court room but Sterling remained icy cold as he provoked his wife's legal representatives, he bellowed: "“I thought you were going to make me cry, Isn’t that what you said in the paper?”
Sterling is a man who is very much used to the surroundings of a court room, he further enhanced the belief that he was a very difficult man to deal with as a witness and would often shift quickly from tears to sharp words with intention to cut down the opposing arguments.
He would often claim not to remember specific facts, he would object to routine questions and even left the court room laughing to the astonishment of the guests and Judge Michael Levanas.
Sterling switched his attention to his wife during questioning and testified that Shelly Sterling represented the two competency exams to him as routine appointments to be done in accordance with his 80th birthday.
Although Shelly would not make eye contact with her husband, Donald went on to say: "She’s terrified and frightened of this NBA that threatened to take everything away from her, She’s a good person, but they’re not good people.”
The reports of Sterling's mental incapacities seem to be showcased by Tuesday's court appearance and the case will continue on Wednesday at 1:30pm.