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Report: Shelly Sterling wants Clippers to remain owned by her family

Apr 30, 2014, 10:33 AM EDT

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Clippers coach Doc Rivers has been thrown into a tough spot in light of the Donald Sterling scandal.

Should Rivers keep coaching the Clippers? Should he have accepted the job in the first place? Who are his allies in the organization.

It sounds as if he considers Sterling’s wife, Shelly, on his side. Rivers, via Marc J. Spears of Yahoo Sports:

“It’s a tough one for Shelly [Sterling], really,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said following a 113-103 Game 5 victory over the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday. “She didn’t do anything wrong either. You have compassion for her. I kept hearing about the girlfriend. I kept thinking, ‘Shelly is the wife. You know what I mean? I talked to her [Tuesday] and she has been through as much as anyone as well.”

Rivers admitted he should have better researched Donald Sterling’s housing discrimination before taking the job, but I’m not sure he’s truly learned that lesson. Rivers in a Q&A, as transcribed by Rusty Simmons of SFGate:

Q.  Was Sterling’s past with housing discrimination and his issues a consideration when you took the job? “It wasn’t, honestly.  I knew the past outside of that.  Really didn’t know a lot about that, to be honest, and probably should have, I guess.  So, no.”

Here’s a head start on your next research, Doc:

Maybe Rivers knows more about Shelly than the plaintiffs of that case do. Her conduct has been so confounding that perhaps only those who’ve spoken extensively with her have a clue what she thinks. I know I don’t have one.

More likely, Rivers has just been too busy coaching in the playoffs to research Shelly. I’m saddened he might be just setting himself up again for a bad situation.

Perhaps fortunately for Rivers, the players union is looking out to ensure Shelly doesn’t remain near a position of power:

While the NBA is attempting to push Sterling out as owner, it’s uncertain if his wife or any other family member could take over the franchise. National Basketball Players Association vice-president Roger Mason, Jr., however, told Yahoo Sports that the players want completely new ownership and not a family member connected to Sterling. A source said that Shelley Sterling would like for her son-in-law Eric Miller, the Clippers’ Director of Basketball Administration, to take over the franchise.

“We’re looking for a change in ownership. A complete change,” Mason said.

The NBA shouldn’t throw the baby out with the bathwater, but the league better do its due diligence into Shelly before letting Sterling’s family keep the team.

  1. bballhistorian - Apr 30, 2014 at 10:43 AM

    Not happening.

    • chunkala - Apr 30, 2014 at 11:55 AM


  2. breesus09 - Apr 30, 2014 at 10:46 AM

    I don’t know how you can force the family to sell the team. Saying that, if she is allowed to own the team then it shows how fake all this outrage truly is. She was named in the housing lawsuit, which actually effected peoples lives. Sterlings comments, while extremely ignorant, had very little effect an anyone’s actual life, except for being angered by them.

    • imnotyourbuddyguy - Apr 30, 2014 at 11:55 AM

      Not sure if you know this but, those comments were having a large effect on people’s lives, not “very little”. Sponsors pulled out, that’s costing money, a % of fans would have boycotted games, costing money. Less money affects the salary cap, how many people work concessions etc.

      And if you don’t know how they can force a family to sell the team then you haven’t been looking. Sterling signed an agreement with other owners as to what were the rules of the league. He agreed to those rule, and they say they can, in fact they aren’t even going to force him to sell. They are allowed to outright take the team and handle the sale themselves, then give him his money.

      • chunkala - Apr 30, 2014 at 11:59 AM

        He agreed that his team could be taken away during a period of financial difficulty and for no other reason than that. Please stop getting your legalese from ESPN hacks.

    • urodaddy07 - May 1, 2014 at 12:01 AM

      Its simple; the other owners (3/4 majority) decide that you’re bad for business. They say you gotta sell. You agreed these terms of this exclusive club of owners before buying a team in the NBA franchise. You gotta sell. Sterling agreed to these rules, he has no choice. They can force him out.

      Think of it like this; you buy a house in a fancy neighbourhood. I lots of these neighbourhoods you have to agree not to do stuff that will bring down the property value in that neighbourhood and that is legally enforcible once you decide to live there

  3. norcal031 - Apr 30, 2014 at 10:47 AM

    Yea, no. Can anyone answer this question? Who are the people Sterling was talking about. He says over and over again that people are telling him about the gf having pictures of black people, and that she hangs with black people. Who are they????? That to me needs to be answered.

    • kinggw - Apr 30, 2014 at 11:25 AM

      It’s irrelevant, who cares?

      • norcal031 - Apr 30, 2014 at 11:40 AM

        It matters because there are more people who think like him. Who are they? He is a multi millionaire in LA who knows people. His friends are in high places. Is this what the super rich think?

    • john242322 - Apr 30, 2014 at 11:55 AM

      It was clearly stated Magic Johnson. But it doesn’t even matter? Why does that need to be answered?

    • imnotyourbuddyguy - Apr 30, 2014 at 11:58 AM

      I know he got on her for having pictures of Magic Johnson and Matt Kemp on her instagram.

  4. thenew013 - Apr 30, 2014 at 10:57 AM

    This BS will follow whichever family member decides to own the team. A completely new and unrelated owner will make the league feel like it is finally over. Players can wear their shirts the right way and people can go back to being closet racists. I’m not defending him but I think he probably isn’t the only owner that feels that way.

    • chunkala - Apr 30, 2014 at 12:07 PM

      Closet racists like Chris Paul and Charles Barkley.

      • ranfan12 - Apr 30, 2014 at 6:00 PM

        charles barkley is definitely racist. i remember him saying something about not liking someone’s black a$$ on tnt the other night lol

  5. bougin89 - Apr 30, 2014 at 11:14 AM

    I know the NBA’s stance is that they want this team sold and I’m 100% for that. Very soon though they will have to announce a plan of who get’s final authority for the Clippers organization until that happens. Whether it temporarily is Silver/Clippers current GM/Clippers current President/ etc. Someone has to be the acting owner and have final say on business and basketball decisions(which a lot of times go hand in hand).

  6. hojo20 - Apr 30, 2014 at 11:33 AM

    I wonder how much Magic will kick back to Sterling’s girlfriend if he buys the Clippers. 1mil? 5 mil?

    • chunkala - Apr 30, 2014 at 12:24 PM

      A ton. He masterminded this whole debacle.

    • imnotyourbuddyguy - Apr 30, 2014 at 1:20 PM

      It was agreed at 5 Million before she would agree to tape him.

      Conspiracy Theorists

  7. 00maltliquor - Apr 30, 2014 at 11:51 AM

    Dude I’m sure this btch is just as bad as Sterling is!
    Just read up on her like the article suggest. No one should be feeling sorry for her, Doc is an idiot. And of course she wants to keep the team, she’s as much of gold digger as the rest of Sterling’s seed dumpsters.

    • calkinsrob - Apr 30, 2014 at 3:24 PM

      Im not sure how much shes making off the clippers if anything, but I want to know why they are still married when they have been seperated for so long and the guy is dating someone else. Is it because she still wants to make money off the clippers? why havent they gotten a divorce?

      • ranfan12 - Apr 30, 2014 at 6:02 PM

        There’s almost always extra strings attached usually related to money and possessions when it comes to delayed divorce.

  8. watermelon1 - Apr 30, 2014 at 11:53 AM

    Doc rivers doesn’t have a problem with the sterlings. Chauncey billups doesn’t have a problem with them.


  9. mdpgc - Apr 30, 2014 at 12:11 PM

    She is just as much a racist as he is if what the legal disposition says is correct…posing as a health inspector and recording tenants ethnicity!

    • calkinsrob - Apr 30, 2014 at 3:25 PM

      no sympathy here. Im surprised doc said that, i thought everyone would now know what you just posted.

  10. honkerdawg - Apr 30, 2014 at 12:12 PM

    Since when do players get to decide who owns a team. The demands are getting ridiculous, who do these guys think they are. After all, all the championship banners in the arena belong to that other LA team.

    • bougin89 - Apr 30, 2014 at 12:17 PM

      “Since when do players get to decide who owns a team.”

      That’s not what’s happening here. At all…

    • imnotyourbuddyguy - Apr 30, 2014 at 12:40 PM

      Why is water dry and the sky red? is my response to this

  11. supre7 - Apr 30, 2014 at 12:24 PM

    Cmon Doc do your knowledge, wake up.

  12. noahbird - Apr 30, 2014 at 12:24 PM

    She is just as much a bigot as her husband. Just look at her role as illegally acting as a government official in housing trial.

  13. convincedofthehex - Apr 30, 2014 at 12:52 PM

    Drew Brees would like an explanation

  14. mackcarrington - Apr 30, 2014 at 2:28 PM

    She was married to this man for over 50 years. She is an enabler to his thoughts and behaviors. Her role in the housing situation ought to be enough to outright disqualify her. Did you see her defending him on that TMZ video?

  15. csbanter - Apr 30, 2014 at 3:04 PM

    Shelly Sterling and her family have as good a chance of retaining ownership of the Clippers as the Cubs do winning the 2014 World Series.

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