At first, sterling declined to talk about the basketball legend, praising his talents but calling him “irrelevant in this thing.”
“Kandynce Jones was under threat of eviction by [sterling] even though she had never missed a rent payment,” court papers say.
If sterling claimed benefits under Section 1033, the IRS would undoubtedly audit him.
c.1300, "silver penny," probably from Middle English sterre (see star (n.)), from the stars that appeared in the design of certain Norman coins, + diminutive suffix -ling. The other theory is that it derives from Old French estedre "stater" (see stater).
Sense broadened by 1560s to "money having the quality of the sterling," and c.1600 to "English money in general." A pound sterling was originally "a pound weight of sterlings," equal to about 240 of them.