Skip to comments.ABC News Exclusive: Shelly Sterling: 'Eventually, I'm Going to' File for Divorce
Posted on 05/11/2014 9:58:46 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
Shelly Sterling said today that "eventually, I am going to" divorce her estranged husband, Donald Sterling, and if the NBA tries to force her to sell her half of the Los Angeles Clippers, she would "absolutely" fight to keep her stake in the team.
"I will fight that decision," she told ABC News' Barbara Walters today in an exclusive interview. "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 added 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.
These 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 that her stake in the team should be separate.
"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."
An NBA spokesman said this evening that league rules would not allow her to hold on to her share....
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I don’t see any possible way the NBA could survive a court challenge from Mrs. Sterling if they try to force her to sell her share in the team.
Leaving aside the question of whether the NBA can force someone to sell their private business for expressing an unpopular opinion, she’s innocent.
I’m not an attorney but forcing her to sell seems to be the very definition of tortious interference to a business relationship.
On the other hand, we haven’t watched NBA basketball since 2007 when it was discovered the games are rigged.
if the NBA tries to force Sterling to sell her half, she should slap them with a sexual harassment lawsuit and see how they like them apples
I wish she could read this.
Who cares lady?
These two have been married since the Eisenhaer Administration. 60 years. Back when there were only 48 states. She filed for divorce twenty years ago but on the advice of her portfolio manager, the divorce procedings were postponed. She’s right though, she should be able to keep her portion. They aren’t very nice people but so what? I’m glad they both want to fight for what’s theirs no matter what Magic Johnson has to say about it. Magic wants part of that team for himself.
My father always contended that boxing was rigged. Now I believe him.
The NBA is mostly a wannabe pretender group of guys who feel some enormous value at making five to ten million a year....but play marginal basketball. By the end of the 1980s....the Larry Bird/Magic Johnson era....it wasn’t worth watching.
I would say the three issues are immature players (forcing them to spend three years in college ought to be mandatory), too many teams (bring it from thirty back down to twenty), and a rigged league (as you say).
On this issue of Sterling, the NBA would be foolish to walk into court and take what the wife will get in the divorce settlement. Although I think this is a rigged deal on the part of the couple to just end the media game being played out.
They may own the entire NBA before this is all said and done.
Good for her. I hope they both fight. What he said was absurd and stupid. But many Blacks have said words as bad or worse, such as Spike Lee, who is practically NBA royalty.
Are you talking about the disgraceful Suns-Spurs series? After that rigged series I stop watching too.
Yep. It came out later that the refs were on the take, but it was obvious before that.
I wondered about the wife’s share last week. Nobody seemed to care. But I knew it would come up— I mean she seems pretty dedicated to the team, she’s in the pictures at the games two seats from her husbands girlfriend!
I hate to say it but she’s been waiting for him to die.
Becoming embued with strong personal power has kept many very old people very much engaged in whatever effects their lives. When people think they matter it makes life more fun, just ask the owner of Fox News Corp.
How did you discover that?
She is just waiting to see how much stuff she gets. She set him up and is worse than the biggest whore in a Nevada cat house. I have some choice words for Sterlings gold digging whore but I would certainly be banned. Besides, a whore can be a respectable person. There is nothingvrespectable about this harlot.
But then again. Sterling pucked her. Idiot.
My sense is the league is making up a lot of rules on the fly that they would have a hard time making stick in civil court. Just a gut feeling.
he should not divorce him—he’s in his 80s—he will die soon and she will get it all.
I very sure she is tired of waiting to be widowed.
I am just amazed how far our nation has sunk. Not one news report is horrified by the way this jerk treated his wife, his marriage. Not one peep from the NFL about the guy’s actions....cheating on his spouse for years is just fine and dandy....but saying something racist is the end of the relationship with the NBA!!!! Infidelity???? No problem.
Why was the FBI involved?
I’d ask the question don’t they have better things to spend money on over an investigation into a sports league, but look at the crusade Congress waged against steroid-using baseball players.