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NBA: Doctor testifies Clippers owner Donald Sterling has Alzheimer's

Published on Jul 8, 2014 6:10 PM
 
This photo taken on April 21, 2014 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, shows Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling attending the NBA playoff game between the Clippers and the Golden State Warriors. 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. -- PHOTO: AFP

LOS ANGELES (AFP) - 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.

The proceedings are to determine if Sterling's estranged wife Shelly has the authority to sell the Los Angeles Clippers team, under pressure from the NBA, following his racist remarks that caused an uproar in America.

Neurologist Meril Platzer testified that she came to that conclusion after having the disgraced 80-year-old undergo a battery of tests, including a CT (computerised tomography) scan and a PET (positron emission tomography) scan. She also said she went to his home to perform cognitive testing.

Asked how long Sterling had been suffering from "dementia or Alzheimer's", disease, Dr Platzer said: "At least for three years, most likely for five years."

 
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