Over the past couple of weeks the Donald Sterling saga has unfolded before
the world's eyes. A lot has been said about the future of the Los
Angeles Clippers and Sterling's potential to remain an owner of the
organization. One x-factor in the ongoing drama is the role played by
Sterling's wife, Shelly. Particularly interesting is the suggestion
that she may file for divorce from her estranged husband, and in the process
claim that the Clippers are at least partially her property, complicating
an already difficult situation.
Shelly Sterling recently indicated her intention to divorce Los Angeles
Clippers owner Donald Sterling, and that she is ready to fight the NBA
in its attempts to force Sterling to sell. In an interview with ABC News'
Barbara Walters, Shelly Sterling wondered aloud if an NBA owner's
wife had made the racially insensitive comments, which precipitated this
situation, would cause an NBA owner husband to have to sell.
Shelly Sterling says she believes that it would be unfair to punish her
for Donald's actions, and that she believes that Donald may have made
the comments as a result of the onset of dementia. She also indicated
that she would "love" for him to transfer his ownership stake to her.
As the state of the Los Angeles Clippers continues to play out, it is likely
that the high net worth divorce proceedings of the Sterlings will complicate
an already complex situation. Though it is too early to tell exactly how
the Sterling's divorce will affect the process, at its core is Shelly
Sterling's claim to be half owner of the Clippers, and that the NBA
should not be able to force her to sell her interest in the basketball
team as a result of misdeeds done by her estranged husband.