Donald Sterling seems to be a done deal. The NBA will work to force the sale of the L.A. Clippers so he no longer retains ownership, but what about his wife, Shelly? Apparently, while she supports Adam Silver, she also wants to retain her 50% stake in the team. The question is, would that sit well with the league? Can they do anything about it?
This could get tricky. Technically, only Donald Sterling has been banned from the NBA, not his wife. She could fight to retain her share of ownership, and it appears she just may do that. According to her attorney, she will fight to retain her 50 percent ownership stake in the team.
So, the NBA may have an uphill battle, if this is true. She says she’s been separated from her husband. According to USA Today Sports:
Attorney Pierce O’Donnell also told The Associated Press that Shelly Sterling has been separated from her husband for the last year and is considering divorce.
“Considering” divorce doesn’t make it a divorce, and I’m just not sure keeping the Clippers tied to the Sterling family is a good look for the league. All these years after numerous incidences of racism by her husband, she’s been quiet. It’s only been since the exposure that she’s made a statement. Besides, she can’t own a team that doesn’t play and she cannot profit from a team without sponsorships and fan attendance.
We’ll be watching this closely as it unfolds.
What do you think?
Your Jersey Girlfriend,