Donald Sterling’s estranged wife, Shelly, sat down with the Today show’s Savannah Guthrie to watch and respond to her husband’s CNN interview Monday night. While she agrees with the NBA’s decision to force her husband to sell the L.A. Clippers, she cites the NBA’s actions to push her out, too, as sexism.
“…Why am I the victim when he’s the perpetrator?” she asks. “If somebody killed somebody, does the wife have to stand trial too?” Sterling’s attorney, Pierce O’Donnell, says, “She had nothing to do with it. Is this because she’s a woman?”
Um, is it because she’s still his wife, which means he would still kinda own the team? She claims to have been “contemplating divorce for years” and “almost filed papers last week,” but her attorneys advised her against that because of “the financial issues.” So, ma’am, no.
Sterling says there are many fans who support her in the meantime, though.
“Well, I went to the game about two days ago,” she says. “I was sitting up in the box. All the fans right below me were high-fiving me, saying, ‘Go girl. Don’t give up.’”
“Go girl?” Y’all know that’s code for black fans, right?
And maybe in a roundabout way she’s trying her husband doesn’t really dislike black people, but he just doesn’t realize what he’s saying. In fact, Sterling says she doesn’t even know what he says.
She believes her husband may be suffering from dementia because one minute he screams and hollers about a topic and the next minute he speaks calmly about another. Plus bringing Magic Johnson’s name into the whole mix – including Monday night’s interview – made no sense to her. But Guthrie points out that dementia doesn’t make one say racist things.
Maybe not. Unless, of course, one is already racist.