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Shelly Sterling is officially the Clippers “No. 1 fan,” “owner emeritus.” That’s disturbing.

Aug 13, 2014, 1:20 PM EDT

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When you attended a Los Angeles Clippers game as a media member you got to see the media dining area become “Club Sterling” — Donald and/or Shelly Sterling would be there, holding court, surrounded by the people who wanted to be near them and kiss their… you know. They clearly savored it. They loved being the people that owned the Clippers.

Shelly Sterling gets to keep a piece of that.

Which is disturbing. This is not a good person we are talking about.

It’s part of the price of the sale of the team to Steve Ballmer, a sale Shelly helped orchestrate by pushing aside Donald in the Sterling Family Trust with a Machiavellian move. It spared the NBA owners having to vote out one of their own, a precedent their preferred not to set. It got the team to an owner the NBA has wanted to bring in. It saves face.

Shelly Sterling no longer owns any piece of the Clippers, but here is what she does still get as part of this sale.

• Official title of “owner emeritus”
• Official title of “Clippers No. 1 fan”
• Two courtside tickets for all Clippers home games
• Ten tickets in the good seats in the lower bowl of Staples Center for all Clippers home games
• A dozen VIP passes to the luxury lounges (or media room) for all Clippers home games
• Six parking passes for every Clippers home game
• Three championship rings should the Clippers win a title

Why is that disturbing? Because Shelly Sterling is far from clean in all of Donald Sterling filth.

Shelly Sterling shows up all over some of the housing discrimination lawsuits filed against Sterling. She allegedly posed as a government inspector to both find out what race the tenants of their buildings were and to harass some of them. While this was all going on she said her husband was not a racist to the cameras.

But she’s the lesser of two evils for the league — she got Donald out, she got the team to Ballmer and avoided an owners’ vote on him, so they can live with Ballmer paying this price to her. She gets to keep this part of her life and identity.

Still, this whole thing makes me feel like I need to take a shower.

  1. nokoolaidcowboy - Aug 13, 2014 at 1:23 PM

    WTF is wrong with people!?!

    How could anyone agree to any of this?. New owners have already started off on the wrong foot. What a joke!

    • 4thquartermagic - Aug 13, 2014 at 1:57 PM

      Agreed, She’s being rewarded for being as awful as Donald, just not on tape.

      Wives always make out like bandits when marriages fall apart.

      America SMH.

      • jcmeyer10 - Aug 13, 2014 at 2:12 PM

        No they make out when they aren’t on tape being super racist. The only thing she did right was not getting caught on tape. You are right in general but that wasn’t the case in this instance.

      • 4thquartermagic - Aug 13, 2014 at 2:36 PM

        She’s a turd that used this situation to her advantage.

      • 00maltliquor - Aug 13, 2014 at 10:55 PM

        Turd? You’re being far too kind 4thqtr.

    • zacksdad - Aug 13, 2014 at 6:47 PM

      I don’t understand how they can allow this. This means Donald gets less. They each get 1 billion and she extra benefits. You know he will make a stink about this.

  2. asimonetti88 - Aug 13, 2014 at 1:26 PM

    Clipper Darrell might have beef with her title of Clippers #1 Fan.

  3. rdav29 - Aug 13, 2014 at 1:27 PM

    Is Donald still banned? What if she brings Donald and he wants to sit court side, enter the media area etc. What happens then?

    • shaner329 - Aug 13, 2014 at 1:31 PM

      Just because the team was sold, the ban isn’t repealed. He’s still banned for life.

      • anotheryx - Aug 13, 2014 at 1:37 PM

        And I’m sure that Donald is not a huge fan of Shelly right now.

      • 4thquartermagic - Aug 13, 2014 at 1:59 PM

        Imagine if Donald snuck in to a game with the disguise of “black face”?

  4. misremembered72 - Aug 13, 2014 at 1:41 PM

    I hope they announce her at a game and she gets whatever the opposite of a standing ovations is, a standing jeer

    • rrhoe - Aug 13, 2014 at 2:12 PM

      Surprised she didn’t have that included as well…….

    • willkill4caffeine - Aug 14, 2014 at 9:07 AM

      The opposite of a standing ovation is a seated silence. How great would that be, she gets announced, and the entire stadium sits in stone cold silence

  5. bigmeechy74 - Aug 13, 2014 at 1:57 PM

    I kinda like her

    • 4thquartermagic - Aug 13, 2014 at 1:59 PM

      You’ve obviously never had an ex-wife sir. She’s a scumbag.

      • xx1111 - Aug 13, 2014 at 2:13 PM

        she’s not an ex wife.. she is still married to Donald

  6. whodatnhollywood - Aug 13, 2014 at 1:58 PM

    SCANDALOUS! They betrayed each other. Therefore, they deserve each other.

  7. rrhoe - Aug 13, 2014 at 2:14 PM

    Sweet deal she made for herself first of all but Doc and the players need to “draw a line in the sand” and establish boundaries restricting her access to them.

    • arrondior - Aug 13, 2014 at 2:22 PM

      She has no access to them. She gets to attend games. It’s really not that big of a deal.

      • rrhoe - Aug 13, 2014 at 3:44 PM

        She has done “meet and greets” with her friends and players in the past(or as I’ve read) so who’s to say that it cannot happen again,or at least for her to try. All that I am saying is that it needs to be addressed beforehand,hopefully it’s like @spursareold comments and she just fades away quietly but it wouldn’t be in writing if that was the plan. Don’t think that she’s not gonna see how far she can push things.

    • spursareold - Aug 13, 2014 at 3:17 PM

      I think she’ll be surprised at the cold shoulder she gets from the team and coaching staff.

  8. arrondior - Aug 13, 2014 at 2:21 PM

    They should have shot her *** right out of a cannon the moment the ink dried.

  9. therealhtj - Aug 13, 2014 at 2:21 PM

    Clipper curse remains in effect as long as this old bag gets to act like she owns the place.

  10. mvp43 - Aug 13, 2014 at 2:55 PM

    3 championship rings??? what the hell is all that about?

    Everything else I can live with.

    • 4thquartermagic - Aug 13, 2014 at 3:01 PM

      One for her hand and one for each horn.

    • spursareold - Aug 13, 2014 at 3:19 PM

      Her and her two kids, who must be about 50 by now.

      Yay! Mommy got me a ring!

    • patfic5 - Aug 13, 2014 at 5:53 PM

      No worries. Clippers aren’t getting a ring.

  11. tampajoey - Aug 13, 2014 at 4:24 PM

    Ray Rice punched out his fiancee and only got a 2 game suspension.

  12. whitwarren - Aug 13, 2014 at 4:36 PM

    I hope they make her experience at games as difficult and unpleasant as legally possible.

  13. franchiseplaya - Aug 13, 2014 at 5:03 PM

    Now Ballmer just needs to move the team to Seattle and Tell her you get tickets to Clippers games at Staples not here in (new arena name here) at Sonics games, piss off.

    • moppop - Aug 13, 2014 at 6:08 PM

      And rename the team to the Developers!

  14. Tick - Aug 13, 2014 at 5:16 PM

    If horrible people who escape justice really fill you with outrage, you might want to turn your attention to the NFL instead of worrying about this useless bag of skin.

  15. thetooloftools - Aug 13, 2014 at 5:27 PM

    Whatever. Like other NBA owners don’t have dirt on them too !

  16. campcouch - Aug 13, 2014 at 6:54 PM

    at some point every woman does something shady for her man, either with our blessing or unknown to us. guys are no different. be it love, personal gain or evilness, it happens. what transpires(d) in the private business sector has no bearing on the NBA team…every sports owner, heck everybody has done something unsavory to get ahead at some point, the magnitudes are just different. she played the victimized wife role perfectly. pointed out their separation and how he had a mistress and was the key to getting the team sold. it shows that morality and convictions are not as strong as people would like to claim. in order to get what they wanted, they made a deal with a lesser evil to achieve their goal. they’re all satisfied. the NBA found a reason to boot an owner that they wanted gone for decades, the players don’t have to actually put their money where their mouths are and boycott, the NBA keeps it’s sponsorships and the rest of the angry people will get the satisfaction that grubby old Sterling will have to deal with his estranged wife selling his team and still attending games…probably with Magic Johnson as a guest.

  17. redbaronx - Aug 13, 2014 at 7:15 PM

    I hope Clipper fans boo her every time she shows her face. Her moniker should be fan # 2,000,000,001

  18. jattsoorma - Aug 13, 2014 at 7:16 PM

    That picture is pretty disturbing too

  19. realfootballfan - Aug 13, 2014 at 9:09 PM

    I thought that guy, Clipper Daryl, was the #1 fan?

  20. lalifer - Aug 14, 2014 at 2:29 PM

    Just goes to show how narcissistic she really is. Insists on being named the #1 fan. I hope darryl has a HUGE #1 FAN on his clothes when season starts. See who gets the bigger ovation when the camera zooms in on them.

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