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Shelly Sterling accuses other NBA owners of being afraid to stick up for Donald Sterling

May 13, 2014, 10:50 AM EDT

Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, his wife Shelly, and actor George Segal attend the NBA basketball game between the Toronto Raptors and the Los Angeles Clippers at the Staples Center in Los Angeles Reuters

Shelly Sterling is better at staying on message than Donald Sterling.

I don’t personally care much about that skill, but when reading her answers in an interview with Scott Cacciola of The York Times, I was struck by their similarity to her answers on the Today show.

With The Times, though, she spoke about an angle of the issue she didn’t cover with Today. Shelly:

The owners are afraid of their own issues. Because I’m sure if anybody goes into all their records, they have skeletons in their closets. They would probably like to defend Donald, because he’s one of the oldest owners. But I think they’re all afraid because of their players. They’re afraid to get involved because if one sticks up for him, then maybe the players will go against them.

Donald is approaching the other owners – his “partners” as he repeatedly calls them –  with honey, and Shelly is attacking from the other side with vinegar. A coordinated strategy?

Even if it is, it probably doesn’t matter.

I am convinced Adam Silver knew he had the 23 votes necessary to expel Sterling when he set that punishment in motion. If not, that would have been a colossal mistake by the NBA commissioner.

And once Silver has the votes, everyone will fall in line. I can’t imagine an NBA owner stupid enough to cast a protest vote against removing Sterling’s ownership. The PR hit would be huge – and, with Silver pushing his agenda, the owner’s identity would get leaked.

If an owner believes Sterling shouldn’t be ousted – perhaps worried, like Shelly said, about their own skeletons – why vote against removing him in a losing cause? At that point, who cares whether it’s 28-2 or unanimous? There’s no use going down with the ship.

  1. therealhtj - May 13, 2014 at 10:56 AM

    Where are George Segal’s PR people in all this? You’d think they’d be doing everything in their power to get people to use a different shot of the Sterlings.

    As an aside, am I alone in thinking George has got to be the first call when they’re casting the TV movie of the week about this whole fiasco?

    • spursareold - May 13, 2014 at 11:51 AM

      Fun with Don and Shel.

  2. azarkhan - May 13, 2014 at 10:57 AM

    “Right now the Sterlings are stealing the spotlight from the players, team and league they claim they love. They are making themselves the story.” – Kurt Helin

    So when will PBT stop doing stories on the Sterlings?

  3. mrmcl - May 13, 2014 at 11:03 AM

    Screw right or wrong. To hell with facts. Cover your ass, move on and hope you’re not in the cross hairs next. Great league. Great people.

    • im2gr84u2h8on - May 14, 2014 at 4:36 PM

      And jump on the bandwagon.

  4. spursareold - May 13, 2014 at 11:03 AM

    SHUT UUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. chargerdillon - May 13, 2014 at 11:06 AM

    Stay classy Shelly

  6. eddiecrash1976 - May 13, 2014 at 11:14 AM


  7. phillyguyindc - May 13, 2014 at 11:16 AM

    I agree with spurs, that they should just stop talking but I do think she has a point. I think a public vote or private vote could yield different results. Maybe not resulting in Sterling keeping the team but it would be closer than 30-0 in a public vote.

    • phillyguyindc - May 13, 2014 at 11:18 AM

      I also don’t think the majority owners want to set themselves up for the capability to be ousted in the event that one of the minority owners of the team does something idiotic.

  8. drunkenjunk - May 13, 2014 at 11:16 AM

    I’m so sick of this dumb b%$^@ opening her mouth.

  9. cbosa - May 13, 2014 at 11:20 AM

    Wow!!! Please let’s these two idiots keep on talking cause all they are doing is digging themselves deeper and deeper with each interview they are doing. The NBA will have no issue getting rid of dumb and dumber with each of them saying stupid remarks.

  10. doug2626 - May 13, 2014 at 11:33 AM

    Can you just do one post about the Sterling’s and the rest about ya know, the rest of the NBA.

  11. asimonetti88 - May 13, 2014 at 11:40 AM

    How has this guy not been banned yet?

    • spthegr8 - May 13, 2014 at 1:31 PM

      They gta be sleep @ the wheel today. Just ignore the clown!!

    • [citation needed] fka COPO - May 13, 2014 at 2:26 PM

      Per an email I just received a few minutes ago:

      Thanks for the heads up. With all the stories breaking and my feeble attempt to get some sleep I have fallen behind on comment moderation for these posts. Almost all of his comments have been removed and his future comments now all need to be approved by me.

      Thanks for reading, and for pointing this out.

      Kurt Helin

  12. spursareold - May 13, 2014 at 11:50 AM

    And a random red couch?

  13. acharlot5 - May 13, 2014 at 11:55 AM

    you must like your own comments because your sense of humor sucks

  14. ranfan12 - May 13, 2014 at 12:04 PM

    every owner for himself

  15. 407magic - May 13, 2014 at 1:03 PM

    Why don’t we send these 2 to wherever Mitt Romney went and disappeared. Both could buy an island with the $ they make from selling the clips. that way theyre not heard of again.

  16. au1978 - May 13, 2014 at 1:09 PM

    It’s not going to get any fewer thumbs down just because you post it in a different article.

  17. au1978 - May 13, 2014 at 1:11 PM

    This woman is the one who seems like she has dementia.

  18. ranfan12 - May 13, 2014 at 1:15 PM

    i wouldn’t want to go down with a fast sinking ship either

  19. boutdatcomment - May 13, 2014 at 2:29 PM

    You best believe Donald Sterling will take down others with him.

  20. unfly - May 13, 2014 at 2:53 PM

    Of course they’re afraid of the players. They should be afraid of the players because they generate the revenue and there’s no league without players!

  21. theebadguy - May 13, 2014 at 5:31 PM

    Does anyone care about this story as much as the media seems to? Over it.

  22. vikingferd - May 14, 2014 at 1:09 PM

    Go GO GIRL!!! Yeah………GO AWAY!!!!

  23. bizmarks12 - May 14, 2014 at 2:08 PM

    Why would anyone stick up for this senile as::s::hole?

  24. nard100 - May 14, 2014 at 3:00 PM

    All this does is show that Shelly is cut from the same cloth as Don and that she’ll say and do anything to keep the team including on one hand throwing Don under the bus, and then throwing the owners under the bus and then throwing the players under the bus. Any credibility she once has is long gone now.

  25. raycharlesj - May 17, 2014 at 9:50 PM

    If Shelly Sterling’s statement is right and the “owners” are scared to “stick up” for Donald, then all that says is the players truly have all the power and it is a players control league and the owners are just the “custodians” of the game anyway!!! Donald fail to realize that before he open up his big fat mouth!! then he knows it NOW!! And shame on him. So all those other owners are so scared they wouldn’t have dared say that dumb stuff Sterling said?? ha ha ha I don’t think so, what those other owner fear is Sterling destroying their 7 billion dollar a year CASH FLOW!! with his racist (master race) ideology!!!

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