Shelly Sterling, estranged wife of Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, vowed to fight the NBA’s attempts “as far as I can go” to remove her as part owner of the team.
Sterling sat down with TODAY’s Savannah Guthrie to respond to her husband’s interview with CNN Monday night, in which he made new controversial comments about basketball legend Magic Johnson.
“I’m very angry. And I’m very hurt. And I even cried listening to that, because I just feel bad,” she told Guthrie in a sit-down that aired Tuesday on TODAY. “And then I feel bad. Why am I the victim when he’s the perpetrator? If somebody killed somebody, does the wife have to stand trial too?”
In the interview Monday night with Anderson Cooper, Donald kicked up renewed controversy when he criticized Johnson, claiming he has not done anything to help others, particularly in the African-American community.
“What kind of a guy goes to every city, has sex with every girl, then he catches HIV?” Donald said. “Is that someone we want to respect and tell our kids about? I think he should be ashamed of himself. I think he should go into the background. But what does he do for the black people? He doesn’t do anything.” MORE..