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Doc Rivers learns about Shelly Sterling

May 1, 2014, 9:22 AM EDT

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There has a segment of observers who blame Doc Rivers for supporting Shelly Sterling, Donald Sterling’s wife.

After all, this is a woman who loudly defended her husband on camera last weekend, allegedly posed as a health inspector to count the ethnicities of tenants in her husband’s building, allegedly called a tenant a “black m—f” and allegedly called Latinos “filthy.”

Shelly’s alleged racism is not as well-documented as Donald’s, but is that because she’s not as high profile as him or because she’s not racist? The question bears more investigating, though those allegations came from settled lawsuits, so gathering information won’t be easy.

But it’s not fair to ask Rivers, who admitted he should have known more about Donald’s past allegations before taking the Clippers job, to do that research right now. How much have Frank Vogel, Dwane Casey, Jason Kidd, Mike Budenholzer, Gregg Popovich, Scott Brooks, Kevin McHale, Terry Stotts, Mark Jackson, Dave Joerger and Rick Carlisle learned about world affairs outside basketball these last few days? Coaching in the playoffs takes a lot of time, and as important as these issues are, Rivers has only so much time in a day.

As Rivers has repeatedly said, he believes the Clippers continuing to win will keep Sterling’s racism and what we can learn from it in the forefront of public discussion. Like everyone left in the wake of this unusual situation, Rivers just doing the best he can.

So, good on Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Daily News for educating Rivers.

Arash  Markazi of ESPN:

Rivers needn’t condemn Shelly right now. As I said before, he probably doesn’t have the time to research her extensively right now, and I doubt his previous support came out of nowhere. If they had a good relationship prior to Donald’s audio being revealed, it surely can’t be easy to suddenly reverse course.

But Rivers also needn’t go out of his way to stand by Shelly and invite her to games. He could easily distance himself from her until he’s had time to gain a fuller picture of her. I hope that’s what he’ll do.

  1. miamiheatles - May 1, 2014 at 9:27 AM

    Lets Bury Donald and get the team officially sold. Time to move on from this mess.

    • bucrightoff - May 1, 2014 at 9:31 AM

      It’s gonna be a while before this mess is resolved. Sterling has shown he doesn’t take things lying down ever. He will fight this, literally, to his death.

      • wordyduke - May 1, 2014 at 11:32 AM

        Speaking of which, a 15-year ban would have been good enough.

      • au1978 - May 1, 2014 at 12:52 PM

        @wordyduke, I’m thinking 5 would suffice!

      • tmac4454 - May 1, 2014 at 1:21 PM

        That might not be long….

      • franktown8 - May 2, 2014 at 9:44 AM

        Well me he rest!!

    • rohlo - May 1, 2014 at 7:36 PM

      i have a feelign alot of this is gonna end up in the courts!!! unfortunately

  2. nykfanwakemeupin2015 - May 1, 2014 at 9:36 AM

    Of course she is racist. You would have to be a fool to think otherwise. You don’t marry someone like Donald Sterling and feel the same way. Its impossible to be on two different wave lengths on this topic.

    • miamatt - May 1, 2014 at 9:48 AM

      Have you ever been married? It is more than possible for a husband and wife to be on different wavelengths, even on a topic like this.

      Having said that, I certainly wouldn’t give her the benefit of the doubt.

    • mogogo1 - May 1, 2014 at 12:41 PM

      Anything is possible when the super-rich are involved. Some of these rich couples barely know each other. And given he was quite open about having a girlfriend despite still being very much married, it’s clear the wife wasn’t all that tight with him.

      • eugenesaxe1 - May 1, 2014 at 3:08 PM

        “Estranged wife”. Been that way for a good while.

  3. nsstlfan - May 1, 2014 at 9:57 AM

    They can’t legally sell it even if they vote to kick Mr. Sterling out as is wife can say thst she still wants control.

    • phillyguyindc - May 1, 2014 at 10:23 AM

      I don’t know what sub-article they can use to kick him out. I think the owner vote is going to be tougher than people thought at first.

  4. jason9696 - May 1, 2014 at 10:01 AM

    She’s just as bad as he is.

  5. ematusko - May 1, 2014 at 10:29 AM

    If I see another article or headline about the Sterling family I’m going to puke blood. Yes, they’re terrible. Yes, they’re getting what’s coming to them. Yes, I like seeing them go down in flames. Can we now shift the primary focus of the NBA storylines to, I don’t know, maybe the playoffs?

    • knickshater - May 1, 2014 at 1:58 PM


      Not hard.

      If you’re simply interested in the great playoff stories, click on THOSE articles.

      • ProBasketballPundit - May 1, 2014 at 6:08 PM

        It doesn’t work that way, mojombo. Some of us really used to enjoy the TNT halftime shows and Inside the NBA but now the only thing anybody is talking about is Donald Sterling. Even the non-Sterling articles on this site become about Sterling in the comments. It’s getting old. Especially when there’s such great basketball going on.

  6. phillyguyindc - May 1, 2014 at 10:39 AM

    You mean like the rap music they play in the arenas? .. The league is full of players with criminal records.

    Enough on this story until there is another development.

    • reesesteel23 - May 1, 2014 at 11:26 AM

      The rap music they play with edited lyrics?

      Just shuddup..give it a rest

      • mackcarrington - May 1, 2014 at 12:50 PM

        Actually, football players get arrested at a much higher percentage.
        And look at how many b-ball players are successful in politics and businesses.
        How many football players have been mayors?

    • knickshater - May 1, 2014 at 1:31 PM

      You don’t have a lot of brain cells, do you?

    • ranfan12 - May 1, 2014 at 2:51 PM

      ” The league is full of players with criminal records.”
      That’s because weed is illegal in most places

  7. rcali - May 1, 2014 at 12:07 PM

    The entertainment value is rising!

  8. thekingdave - May 1, 2014 at 12:24 PM

    Spare me this crap. Clippers players and coaches have agents they pay a % of their contracts to for things beyond negotiation. Given even the most casual of NBA fans was aware of Sterling’s history, the people hired by Rivers and Clippers players to handle off the court activities failed miserably if they truly were not aware. They are all now overcompensating for this error in these over the top reactions. The color that reigned supreme throughout this process was green, no debate about it.

  9. jziii - May 1, 2014 at 12:33 PM

    “Rivers needn’t condemn Shelly right now.” Wow. This doesn’t sound like a witch hunt or a purge or anything.

  10. mutasian - May 1, 2014 at 12:52 PM

    still talking about this? please. get a life. the media simply leach on a story continuously.

    • knickshater - May 1, 2014 at 1:56 PM

      Why not ignore the story if you’re so tired with it? Just don’t click on the article. I do that all the time when I don’t want to read about a particular topic. Seriously, do you lack that much common sense?

    • ranfan12 - May 1, 2014 at 4:08 PM

      People gotta feed their families

  11. annapterp - May 1, 2014 at 1:32 PM

    Enough already. Racism exists on BOTH sides of the fence. Its ignorant and appalling but it exists. Jay-Z is one of the biggest racist anti-white people there is but I don’t see anyone calling him out. The ignorance goes both ways and should be dealt with equally!

    • knickshater - May 1, 2014 at 1:53 PM

      You people make me laugh. If you’re tired about reading about this story, why do you click on the article? Why not just ignore it? Is someone holding a gun to your head and forcing you to read. Christ, it really is hilarious and pathetic.

  12. eugenesaxe1 - May 1, 2014 at 3:12 PM

    I know Doc’s doing all the talking so his players don’t have to deal with the idiot press. Very commendable. But since he doesn’t know exactly what he’s dealing with himself, maybe he should just shut it.

  13. tv63 - May 1, 2014 at 4:10 PM

    Hey He gave her the benefit of the doubt and truly felt bad her husband was publically cheating on her with another woman so openly. It shows Doc Rivers is human and is kind. Don’t dare paint him anything less.

  14. imakcds - May 1, 2014 at 7:08 PM

    apparently the Sterlings are of like mind and attitudes, so it wouldn’t surprise me if Shelley had HER stable of ‘mandingos’ serving her, since she didn’t seem to mind her husband having his ‘concubines’.

  15. upperdecker19 - May 1, 2014 at 9:02 PM

    Hey, couples that are bigots together, stay together! Well….kind of…..

  16. kamauthabiti - May 1, 2014 at 9:21 PM

    had not all of these Black player totally divorced themselves from the Black community, these things would also be known to them. got to stop being/ Black white people and pay a least a little attention to what is going on in the neighborhoods you came from – it’s not a crime to remember where you came from, go there at least once every 5-6 years.

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