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Sterling’s Wife Pledges To Keep Stake In Clippers

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LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 1:  Los Angeles Clippers owner, Donald Sterling and Rochelle Sterling, attend a game against the Indiana Pacers at Staples Center on April 1, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES, CA – APRIL 1: Los Angeles Clippers owner, Donald Sterling and Rochelle Sterling, attend a game against the Indiana Pacers at Staples Center on April 1, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — In her first interview since the NBA banned her estranged husband, Shelly Sterling said she would fight to keep her share of the Los Angeles Clippers and plans one day to divorce Donald Sterling.

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver has banned Donald Sterling for making racist comments and urged owners to force Sterling to sell the team. Silver added that no decisions had been made about the rest of Sterling’s family.

“I don’t know why I should be punished for what his actions were,” Shelly Sterling said, according to a short story that ABC News posted Sunday with excerpts from her conversation with Barbara Walters.

Shelly Sterling’s attorney, Pierce O’Donnell, has said she will fight to retain her 50 percent ownership stake in the team.

Shelly Sterling also said that she “eventually” will divorce her husband, and that she hadn’t yet done so due to financial considerations.

“For the last 20 years, I’ve been seeing attorneys for a divorce,” she said. “In fact, I have here — I just filed — I was going to file the petition. I signed the petition for a divorce. And it came to almost being filed. And then, my financial adviser and my attorney said to me, ‘Not now.’”

Donald Sterling has not spoken publicly about the situation.

 

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