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Official ‘Clippers’ Number 1 Fan’ on herself and Donald Sterling: ‘I’ll always feel it’s our team’

Aug 29, 2014, 10:59 AM EDT

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The Sterling name still rings proudly through the Clippers organization.

The NBA successfully ousted Donald Sterling as the Clippers owner following his leaked racist tapes, but to do so, the league’s other owners didn’t actually vote him out. Instead, they allowed his wife, Shelly Sterling, to sell the team to Steve Ballmer.

As condition of the sale, Shelly received:

    • Up to 10 percent of the sale price and 10 percent of annual revenues to go into the the Shelly Sterling Foundation, which she’d run
    • 2 courtside tickets for each game
    • 10 tickets in other sections for each game
    • 12 VIP passes for each game
    • 3 championship rings if the Clippers win a title
    • Two-year contracts for executives Gary Sacks, Carl Lahr and Eric Miller (Sterling’s son-in-law)
    • Title of “Owner Emeritus”
    • Title of “Clipper’s Number 1 Fan”

If you thought Shelly – who has her own history of alleged racism – would fade quietly into the background, you don’t know her.

The “Clipper’s Number 1 Fan” is defending Donald:

“No, he doesn’t make racist comments. And that, I don’t even understand how she was baiting him.”

Personally, I’ve never been that interested in Donald’s racist comments, anyway. His racism that actually significantly affects lives should get more attention, but that’s obviously not where Shelly’s concern lies.

And she didn’t stop there.

Shelly, via Linda Deutsch of the Associated Press (emphasis mine):

Asked about his mental condition, she said, “He’s been a little better, a little sweeter and softer. Losing the team he loved was very hard on him,” she said. “But I’ll always feel it’s our team.”


  1. RavenzGunnerz - Aug 29, 2014 at 11:07 AM

    I am going to beg one more time:

    Could you please stop reporting on these guys. They gone, forgotten, finished, capisce…

    • jcmeyer10 - Aug 29, 2014 at 11:52 AM

      But the problem is, they could be at every game. It’s one thing if they just went to Fiji but they still have ties to the team. Doc Rivers might have to walk by that lady as he coaches the team. They players will see her when they go for loose balls in certain spots.

      Also, with all that money going to her Foundation, I’d love to see how much gets donated and how much goes to “administrative costs”.

      That’s why.

      • bougin89 - Aug 29, 2014 at 1:49 PM

        What? Shelly Sterling doesn’t seem like the type of person that would use her charity foundation for her own financial gain…

        There, that fills my daily quota of sarcasm.

  2. asimonetti88 - Aug 29, 2014 at 11:09 AM

    I love the fact that she’s still a part of the team so that she can pop up in the media every once in a while and distract that franchise. Sterling is the gift that keeps on giving. Kind of like herpes.

  3. mackcarrington - Aug 29, 2014 at 11:10 AM

    Basically all she got was a lot of VIP perks. Bottom line, she doesn’t own the team.

  4. tampajoey - Aug 29, 2014 at 11:25 AM

    I guess she doesn’t comprehend that $2 Billion dollar part.

  5. dirtymcgirty - Aug 29, 2014 at 11:30 AM

    Not 10% of the profits, and but 10% of the revenues?!? Steve, I know you’re a multi-billionaire and all, but wtf? Was giving all that up really necessary?

    • mackcarrington - Aug 29, 2014 at 2:29 PM

      She’s nearly 80 years old. In 10 or 15 years (if that long), we won’t have to worry about her anymore.

      • therealhtj - Aug 29, 2014 at 2:55 PM

        She’ll hang around long enough to see the Clips become irrelevant again. Then it really will feel like their team.

      • asimonetti88 - Aug 29, 2014 at 3:06 PM

        Is it just in her lifetime or is it in perpetuity?

      • mackcarrington - Aug 30, 2014 at 6:15 PM

        That’s a good and fair question. I haven’t seen that addressed anywhere.

  6. upperdecker19 - Aug 29, 2014 at 1:55 PM

    I guess that “Clipper Darryl” guy got bumped to #2

    • 00maltliquor - Aug 29, 2014 at 11:07 PM

      Someone finally said it!!!

      Man I was scrolling down to see if that would come up, if not I was gonna say something. I wish someone would get ahold of him for an interview and get his thoughts on it.

    • mackcarrington - Aug 30, 2014 at 6:19 PM

      “Clipper Darryl” got in a little trouble for going around making personal appearances representing the Clippers while not actually being an employee of the Clippers. Perhaps Ballmer will rectify that and put him on the payroll in some capacity.
      That would certainly be good P.R.

  7. duhwighthoward - Aug 29, 2014 at 2:55 PM




  8. jerdogthompson - Aug 29, 2014 at 3:06 PM

    After getting slayed for months arguing about a new owner being in place before the end of August I wondered where and when you trolls would surface. The fakehtj, where’s your troll buds qball and hardonforharden?

    With the richest owner in the NBA you can give up your hopes on the Clippers ever being irrelevant like your Lakers. Ah, you can still dream. Now get back to that fry machine, people are waiting.


    • asimonetti88 - Aug 29, 2014 at 3:07 PM

      I look forward to finding out what the basketball equivalent of the Zune and Vista are. Steve Ballmer is HARDCORE

    • limonadamas - Aug 29, 2014 at 3:27 PM

      10% of total revenue still sounds like an owner to me…

    • therealhtj - Aug 29, 2014 at 3:30 PM

      Love the new “self-righteous” Clips fans who kept their lunkheads in the sand all these years about the racist POS ownership.

      That despicable troll of a human being will have prime seats and get to call herself “Clipper Fan #1” for whatever short-lived success the Clips can enjoy until father time catches up with CP3.

      Still a stand up organization all around.

  9. dirtymcgirty - Aug 30, 2014 at 9:01 AM

    The Saturday Today Show just played an interview with Doc asking how he felt about Shelly sticking around with the Owner Emeritus title and other little nuggets she got from Steve. He said he and the guys weren’t happy about it, but it just went to show how badly he wanted to own and lead their organization. He said he couldn’t not respect that.

  10. jimeejohnson - Aug 30, 2014 at 3:42 PM

    One thing’s for sure: Clippers are much better than the Lakers and will be for the foreseeable future.

  11. djshnooks - Aug 31, 2014 at 9:02 PM

    Wasn’t he the founder of the team?

    The Buffalo Bills will always be Ralph Wilson’s team, no matter what happens.

    I’m not in any way sticking up for either of them, but I can understand the comment.

  12. djshnooks - Aug 31, 2014 at 9:03 PM

    On a side note…

    Would anyone else proudly give up the money she earned from the sale of the team, just to get her other “accommodations?” I sure as hell would, especially to my favorite team, absolutely.

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