Donald Sterling, the disgraced former NBA team owner, rarely appears in public in California.

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Donald Sterling, now 88, has long been a controversial figure in the world of sports. As a result, he has kept a low profile in recent years.

Sterling was previously the owner Clippers franchise from 1981 to 2014.buying the team when it was headquartered in San Diego.

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

After only a few years of playing in the San Diego sports arena, Sterling managed to relocate the team, although any sustained success remained elusive due in part to low wages.

Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling at the NBA Playoffs game between the Clippers and the Golden State Warriors on April 21, 2014 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.

Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling at the NBA Playoffs game between the Clippers and the Golden State Warriors on April 21, 2014 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.
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But the most important and disturbing controversy came in 2014, when reports surfaced that Sterling had committed inexcusable acts. racist remarks V. Stiviano.

In response, the NBA Commissioner Adam Silver banned Sterling life from “attending an NBA game or practice”, “being present in any Clippers office or facility”, or being involved “in any business or personnel decisions relating to the team”.

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Silver is fined £2.5 million and also forced to sell the Clippers, which ended up in the hands of current owner Steve Ballmer.

He almost disappeared from public life after these events, but has recently reappeared. at a Malibu restaurant.

Sterling was having lunch with his ex-wife Shelley and was photographed as a young unidentified woman escorted him to his car:

The 88-year-old businessman says goodbye before a mysterious woman escorts him to his car.

The 88-year-old businessman says goodbye before a mysterious woman escorts him to his car.
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Sterling has remained in the shadows for the past eight years since his epic Sterling downfall, when his former racial insensitivity was well documented and made headlines after a racist conversation with W. Stiviano's mistress.

Sterling has remained in the shadows for the past eight years since his epic Sterling downfall, when his former racial insensitivity was well documented and made headlines after a racist conversation with W. Stiviano’s mistress.
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Former Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling rarely meets family and friends for dinner in Malibu.

Former Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling rarely meets family and friends for dinner in Malibu.
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Understandably, he kept a low profile; his personal problems did not endear him to local Los Angeles residents.

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Despite this, Sterling remains one of the the most influential figures in Los Angeles real estate. As of 2014, he owned 162 properties throughout the region.