Donald Sterling’s wife Shelly was advised not to give an interview to ABC/ESPN’s Lisa Salters during Game 4 between the Clippers and Warriors on Sunday, but she did give the reporter some comments on the matter involving her husband.
Shelly, who was sitting courtside across from the Clippers bench, declared that she is not a racist.
“She said I do not condone those statements that you heard. I do not believe in them,” Shelly said according to Salters. “I am not a racist or have been, never will be. The team is the most important thing to my family.”
Salters asked Shelly if that was her husband on the audio recordings, and she would not confirm it.
“I don’t know, I haven’t listened to the entire thing, but I do believe there are some parts that were cut out. I will let the experts handle that.”
Even though she has been married to Donald since 1957, we’re supposed to believe that she is unable to identify his voice on an audio recording. Right. Like anyone’s buying that.
But she did want to emphasize one point.
“I am not a racist and do not condone what you heard on that tape.”
Shelly filed a lawsuit against Sterling’s girlfriend V. Stiviano alleging that Stiviano is a well-known gold-digger who targets and tricks old, wealthy men into providing her with gifts. Shelly says Donald gave Stiviano nearly $2 million in gifts that were community property belonging to the Sterlings and therefore her husband did not have the right to give it away to Stiviano.
Even though Shelly and Donald are still married, it is our understanding that they have been separated for a long time. We’re guessing that they remained married so that the team can remain in the family’s possession; if they divorced, their assets would have to be divided, and the team might have to be sold.
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