Looks like Shelly Sterling is spending some of the $2 billion she received for selling the Los Angeles Clippers on a 60th anniversary Las Vegas getaway with estranged husband Donald Sterling.
Yes, the same Donald Sterling, former Clippers owner, who barked at her in court in July, “Stay away from me, you pig!”
A photo of the Sterlings walking through Bellagio on Saturday with luggage appeared on Twitter about 5 p.m. It was posted by sportsbook blogger Tommy Lorenzo (@sportsbooktom), who said his brother took the photo.
Donald Sterling was forced to give up control of the team four months ago after NBA Commissioner Adam Silver invoked a lifetime ban and a $2.5 million fine for racist comments.
The decree ended Sterling’s 33-year ownership of the Clippers. His wife sold the club for $2 billion to a group headed by former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.
Donald Sterling, who is 80, has contested the sale. The NBA Board of Governors approved the sale to Ballmer on Aug. 12.
His “pig” comment to his wife, who is also 80, came on the second day of his probate trial in Los Angeles.
When she was asked during the proceedings whether she was separated from Sterling, she responded, “Sort of.”
THE SCENE AND HEARD
The third Las Vegas Wine & Food Festival, set for Friday and Saturday at the Red Rock Resort, continues to attract the biggest restaurant names in town. Tickets: www.VegasFoodandWine.com or call 702-509-4636. …
Imagine Dragons and DJ Afrojack were among the headliners over the weekend in Jay Z’s Made in America, a two-day festival in downtown Los Angeles. Billboard reported “it definitely felt like Afrojack had the biggest crowds and party” among the talent lineup that included Iggy Azalea, Kendrick Lamar and Capital Cities. …
The Sin City Sinners band is claiming an endurance record after performing 24 sets in 24 hours. The marathon took place at Danny “The Count” Koker’s club Vamp’d, starting at 8 p.m. Wednesday. Band members never left the venue and most never slept more than 30 minutes. The event doubled as a benefit to raise money for the Nevada Society for the Prevention of Cruelty of Animals’ no-kill shelter.
At Life nightclub (SLS) on Saturday: Former UFC champion Tito Ortiz and UFC ring girl Arianny Celeste, partying with friends. Also there: actresses Jenna Ushkowitz of “Glee” and Addison Timlin, best known for her role in “Californication.” … U.S. Olympic swim star Ryan Lochte, continuing his belated 30th birthday celebration, partied at 1 Oak (Mirage) on Saturday. His birthday was August 3. … Former slugger Jose Canseco, spotted at The Bank Nightclub (Bellagio) on Saturday. … At Crazy Horse III over the weekend: DJ Tiësto, rap legend Too Short, record producer Jermaine Dupri, and apl.de.ap of the Black Eyed Peas.
THE PUNCH LINE
“It’s Labor Day weekend. Labor Day, of course, is a holiday where people take three days off from being unemployed.” — David Letterman
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