In the wake of
Scott Sterling's death, the media is clamoring for news to report about the man's controversial father, Clippers owner
And so it is that
reports on a decades-old disciplinary incident that apparently took place in the Sterling home. The site republished a letter from a reporter who covered the team back in the late 1980s. In the letter, the reporter recounts being told by former Clipper
about a situation wherein Sterling allegedly forced his then 7-year-old son to get naked in front of dinner guests before spanking the child's bare behind.
Other Sterling topics being buzzed about are Donald's alleged slumlording ways, and his strange behavior behind the scenes of the Clippers organization.
In 2012, the basketball team owner and multi-billionaire real estate tycoon was
ordered to pay $17.3 million
to an actress whose belongings were destroyed by a fire due to negligent maintenance of a building Sterling owned. The year prior, Sterling was sued by Clippers' former general manager
for wrongful termination. In his lawsuit, Baylor made some
pretty bizarre claims
about Sterling's manner of conduct. Specifically, that Sterling "would bring women into the locker room after games, while the players were showering, and make comments such as, 'Look at those beautiful black bodies.'"
Sterling's questionable activities have been publicized through many legal battles over the years, including the
lawsuit he filed
to take back a Beverly Hills house he gave to a prostitute, as well as a case that resulted in a $2.73 million settlement with the U.S. government over housing discrimination claims.
Public testimony in that case
credited Sterling with spouting such gems as "Hispanics smoke, drink and just hang around the building," and "black tenants smell and attract vermin."
While we can't yet know for sure the cause of Scott's death, he must have certainly led an interesting life under the shadow of such a controversial father. Donald and his wife,
Shelly Sterling, issued the following statement regarding Scott:
"Our son Scott has fought a long and valiant battle against Type 1 Diabetes. His death is a terrible tragedy, the effects of which will be felt forever by our family and all those who knew and loved him."
Authorities are awaiting autopsy and toxicology results before releasing an official cause of death.