Well today, in an interview with ABC’s Barbara Walters, she doubled down on her stance by saying that eventually she was going to divorce her estranged husband, and if the NBA tries to force her to sell her half of the Clippers, she would “absolutely” fight to keep her stake in the team:
“I will fight that decision. To be honest with you, I’m wondering if a wife of one of the owners, and there’s 30 owners, did something like that, said those racial slurs, would they oust the husband? Or would they leave the husband in?”
Sterling said that the Clippers franchise is her “passion” and “legacy to my family.”
“I’ve been with the team for 33 years, through the good times and the bad times,” she added.
Rochelle “Shelly” Sterling’s comments come nearly two weeks after NBA Commissioner Adam Silver announced a lifetime ban and a $2.5 million fine for Donald Sterling on April 29, following racist comments from the 80-year-old, which were caught on tape and released to the media.
Being estranged from her husband, Shelly Sterling said she would “have to accept” whatever punishment the NBA handed down to him, but basically that’s got nothing to do with her.
“I was shocked by what he said. And — well, I guess whatever their decision is — we have to live with it,” she said. “But I don’t know why I should be punished for what his actions were.”
It was already announced that her husband has cancer, now she’s saying she thinks he is suffering from “the onset of dementia.”
If Donald Sterling is forced to sell his half of the team, Shelly Sterling doesn’t know what he will do, but the possibility of him transferring full ownership to her is something she “would love him to” consider.
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