Shelly Sterling Wants to Maintain Ownership of Clippers

She said she believes the sanctions against Donald Sterling, including a lifetime ban and $2.5 million fine, do not apply to "me or my family."

Los Angeles Clippers co-owner Shelly Sterling said in remarks published today that  she believes she is legally entitled to maintain ownership of the team and will attempt to do so even as the NBA pushes to remove her husband from the team he has owned for 33 years.

Sterling, in remarks reported in the Los Angeles Times, described her long tenure as a "die-hard" fan of the Clippers and said she believes the sanctions against Donald Sterling, including a lifetime ban and $2.5 million fine, do not apply to "me or my family."

Shelly Sterling's position presents a "wild card" for the pro basketball league as it faces its biggest crisis in memory, a league official who declined to be named told The Times. Her intention to hold on to the team is a wrinkle apparently not contemplated by NBA officials when they moved 10 days ago to strip her estranged husband of ownership.     

The league moved against Donald Sterling after the website TMZ released a recording in which Sterling told a frequent courtside companion that he did not want to see her at Clippers games with black people. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver responded with the fine, lifetime ban and call for the league's 29 other owners to vote to force Sterling to sell the team.

Players, fans and other owners have signaled they would like to see a fresh start for the Los Angeles franchise, according to The Times. Broadcaster Ralph Lawler, the Clippers' longest-serving employee, told the newspaper that Shelly Sterling's plan to keep the team was understandable but that others in the organization were ready to move on.

"I think in the eyes of the players and the coaching staff and the basketball staff, the page has been turned, and I think it would be difficult to turn it back," Lawler said.

--City News Service

Spooner May 09, 2014 at 05:19 PM
Jim Somers- I'll ask you the same question as I asked above: did you ever read the NBA Constitution & By Laws? You do know that in it a member can resort to the Courts regarding decisions made by the NBA. They(the NBA) are not above the law, even though you might think otherwise...
nonoise May 10, 2014 at 01:19 AM
It is not illegal to hate someone for any reason. It is just illegal to discriminate in a job for other legal reasons. All races have racists in them. It is not fair to say that only one race does. We are free to like or dislike whoever we want for whatever reason. If we do not like a company or something they represent we can choose not to buy or support that person or company.
nonoise May 12, 2014 at 01:09 PM
Where is the ACLU in trying to keep the church noise out of my home? They pick and choose their battles. Unfortunately, they do not fight for everyone.


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