Experts Explain 'Mental Incapacitation' After Reports on Sterling's Mental State

PHOTO: Donald Sterling attends the NBA playoff game between the Clippers and the Golden State Warriors, April 21, 2014 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, Calif.

After weeks of speculation, a report emerged Friday that former owner of the Los Angeles Clippers Donald Sterling was declared mentally incapacitated by neurologists.

An attorney for Sterling, Max Blecher, confirmed in an email to ESPN that mental evaluations were performed on his client, but contended that the examination results were "grossly exaggerated" and that "Mr. Sterling is far from mentally incompetent."

However, in comments to CNN, Blecher said doctors determined that Sterling, 80, had "modest mental impairment" and "a slowing down."

Information about Sterling's mental health was reported to ESPN by a source involved in the negotiations to sell the team, although Bobby Samini, another lawyer for Sterling, earlier rebuffed the report.

"Any assertion that Donald Sterling lacks mental capacity is absurd," Samini told ABC News.

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Rumors about Sterling’s mental health have gained traction after his wife told ABC News’ Barbara Walters earlier this month she thought her husband had the “onset of dementia.”

However, experts say one person's opinion even from a spouse is not enough to declare a person mentally incapacitated especially in regards to a legal document.

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