Michael Bohlin

Just when you thought this story couldn't get any stranger banned Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling has, reportedly, hired four separate private investigation firms to "dig up dirt" on the NBA and its 29 other owners. Sterling and his wife are set to enter into a probate hearing in July so a judge can decide whether or not Shelly Sterling was in her right to negotiate the sale of the franchise to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer for $2 billion. In any event, this looks like a situation where Sterling will have no qualms tying things up in a court room.

Investigators were given a six-figure budget over the next 30 days to examine the league's finances, allegations of previous discriminatory conduct and compensation to past Commissioner David Stern and current Commissioner Adam Silver, said the person who spoke to The Associated Press on Thursday night on condition of anonymity. The person wasn't authorized to talk publicly.

The person said the investigators also are looking into whether other owners made any off-color jokes, or racist or sexist remarks.

"The gloves are off, as they say," the person said. "Have them dig up all the dirt they can find."

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