Donald Sterling's wife to fight NBA over LA Clippers ownership

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As the NBA continue to make plans to remove her husband from his position as owner of the LA Clippers, Donald Sterling's wife, Shelly, has revealed today that she plans to fight to maintain her position in the front-office.

In a statement sent to ESPN Shelly Sterling explained her stance in response to the recent lifetime ban handed out by Adam Silver and the NBA following racist remarks made by Donald Sterling:

"Commissioner Silver made it clear, that when he announced sanctions against Donald, that the NBA was taking no action against me or my family," said Mrs Sterling.

She has been co-owner of the Clippers since 1981 and recently hired a law firm to help her fight the NBA's plans to find new ownership for the Los Angeles franchise.

In the aftermath of Sterling's historic punishment a number of high profile names have been linked with takeover bids, with everyone from Oprah Winfrey to P Diddy believed to be in the running.

At present however the league is awaiting a vote from franchise owners in which a 75 percent majority is required to force an owner to sell.

It seems however that, even if they vote to exclude Mr Sterling, Shelly Sterling is planning on stating her right to remain as franchise owner regardless.

With Donald Sterling already having argued that the team is not for sale it looks like removing the Sterling entourage from the NBA might not be as easy as first hoped.

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