|(NBA) Donald Sterling has Alzheimer's, doctor tells court
Donald Sterling, who was a no-show in court for the first day of his trial, has been suffering from Alzheimer's for at least three years, a witness told a judge on Monday.
Neurologist Dr. Meril Platzer testified that she came to that conclusion after having the disgraced Los Angeles Clippers owner undergo a battery of tests, including a CT (computerized tomography) scan and a PET (positron emission tomography) scan.
Asked how long Donald Sterling had been suffering from "dementia or Alzheimer's'', disease Platzer said, "at least for three years, most likely for five years.''
Platzer told US judge Michael Levanas that following two hours of testing, she told Donald Sterling that he had Alzheimer's and his reaction was, "I'm hungry. I want to eat.''
Platzer said Donald Sterling's wife, Shelly Sterling, was "shocked'' by the news.
"She was taken aback, shocked. She felt bad for her husband,'' said Platzer, who testified she is an expert in the field of neurology, having examined over 25,000 patients over the course of her career.
The probate court trial is to decide whether Shelly Sterling has legal authority under the family trust to sell the National Basketball Association team for a record US$2 billion to former Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer. --AFP