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Donald Sterling’s Lawyer Criticizes Wife’s Lawsuit Victory

In this photo taken on Friday, Oct. 25, 2013, Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, right, and V. Stiviano, left, watch the Clippers play the Sacramento Kings during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles. The NBA is investigating a report of an audio recording in which a man purported to be Sterling makes racist remarks while speaking to Stiviano.  NBA spokesman Mike Bass said in a statement Saturday, April 26, 2014, that the league is in the process of authenticating the validity of the recording posted on TMZ's website. Bass called the comments "disturbing and offensive."  (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
In this photo taken on Friday, Oct. 25, 2013, Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, right, and V. Stiviano, left, watch the Clippers play the Sacramento Kings during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

BRIAN MELLEY, Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A lawyer for former Clippers owner Donald Sterling says his wife’s lawsuit against a woman he showered with gifts was a waste of time and money.

Attorney Bobby Samini said Wednesday that the lawsuit had merely extended V. Stiviano’s time in the public spotlight.

Shelly Sterling won a $2.6 million judgment Tuesday against Stiviano because gifts to the younger woman came from the couple’s community property.

Stiviano gained notoriety a year ago when a recording she made of Donald Sterling making racially offensive remarks cost him ownership of the Clippers.

Samini represents Donald Sterling in his lawsuit against the NBA for forcing the sale of the team. He’s suing his wife for selling the team after doctors found he was incompetent to handle his business affairs.

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