Shelly Sterling, the estranged wife of shamed LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling, claims she has been trying to divorce her husband for the 20 years. She also says she will ‘fight’ to prevent the sale of her half of the Clippers following Donald’s ban from the NBA.
Donald Sterling was hit with a $2.5 million fine and a lifetime expulsion from the association after he was recorded making racist remarks - with the tape subsequently made available to the media. The decision from the NBA means Sterling must sell the Clippers.
But Shelly has insisted she should not have to face punishment for the behaviour of her 80-year-old partner of 30 years, and remains hopeful she may be able to keep her share of the Clippers when the sale is made.
"I was shocked by what he said. And -- well, I guess whatever their decision is -- we have to live with it," she told ABC. "But I don't know why I should be punished for what his actions were."
This latest event in the marriage of the Sterlings may finally convince Shelly to go through with a divorce, having been contemplating the idea for over two decades. It sounds like a no-brainer to us.
"For the last 20 years, I've been seeing attorneys for a divorce," she explained. "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 advisor and my attorney said to me, 'Not now.'"
She added: "Eventually, I'm going to."