CLIPPERS BATTLE BACK, EVEN SERIES
Meanwhile back at the bench, the LA Clippers are the team in the spotlight instead of the cast of the ‘Fakers’, the name die-hard LA Laker haters have for the renowned championship team usually in the headlines this time of year. Pulling out a hard fought victory at the buzzer just adds to the plot.
This being Los Angeles, the home of Hollywood, the Clippers couldn’t have just played hard and gotten this far like the Celtics do. In the heat of their first serious playoff run, the owner’s wife has to bring a suit against hubby’s GF [Girl Friday] bonkee causing a third party [friend of a friend] to drop a ‘leak’ to TMZ – BOOOOM!
In her first interview since the NBA banned her 'estranged' husband, Shelly Sterling, 80, said she would fight to keep her share of the Los Angeles Clippers and plans one day to divorce Donald Sterling.
"To be honest with you, I'm wondering if a wife of one of the owners, and there's 30 owners, did something like that, said those racial slurs, would they oust the husband? Or would they leave the husband in? I don't know why I should be punished for what his actions were."
"For the last 20 years, I've been seeing attorneys for a divorce," she said. "In fact, I have here -- I just filed -- I was going to file the petition. I signed the petition for a divorce. And it came to almost being filed. And then, my financial adviser and my attorney said to me, `Not now.'"
Set to air today Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling apologized Sunday for racist comments captured on tape, saying they were a "terrible mistake."
In his first public comments since being banned for life from the NBA, Sterling said years of good behavior as an owner should count toward his future.
"I'm not a racist," Sterling tells CNN's Anderson Cooper in an interview taped Sunday, "I made a terrible mistake. I'm here to apologize."
Sterling said he waited to make a public apology because he was "emotionally distraught. The reason it's hard for me, very hard for me, is that I'm wrong," Sterling said. "I caused the problem. I don't know how to correct it."
"I'm a good member who made a mistake," Sterling said. "Am I entitled to one mistake, am I after 35 years? I mean, I love my league, I love my partners. Am I entitled to one mistake? It's a terrible mistake, and I'll never do it again."
The NBA had an answer for Sterling's wife.
League spokesman Mike Bass says that according to the NBA constitution, ''if a controlling owner's interest is terminated by a three-fourths vote, all other team owners' interests are automatically terminated as well.''
''It doesn't matter whether the owners are related as is the case here,'' Bass adds in a statement. ''These are the rules to which all NBA owners agreed to as a condition of owning their team.''