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Shelly Sterling

If We're Forced to Sell Clippers

I Want to Control Sale, Or Else

5/8/2014 10:47 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Shelly Sterling will take legal action against the NBA if she doesn't have control over her interest in the event of a forced sale of the team.  But her lawyer says she is adamant ... the NBA has no right to strip her of her 50% ownership, because "she's an innocent victim."

Sources connected with the Sterling family tell us ... Shelly is actually more involved in the team than Donald Sterling, and she would definitely wants to remain an owner, even if Donald is forced out.

Shelly's lawyer, Pierce O'Donnell, tells TMZ Sports, he is currently in talks with the NBA in an effort to avoid a family sale.  O'Donnell is demanding that the NBA allow her to retain her 50% interest.  O'Donnell has explained to NBA honchos, Shelly and Donald have led separate lives for years, living miles away from each other, and they do not share the same views.

O'Donnell says, "She's done nothing wrong.  She's an innocent spouse," adding, "Shelly loves the team and she will resist any effort to strip her involuntarily of her ownership interest."

And, even if a court orders an involuntary sale of the team, Shelly will demand that she have the power to control the sale.  She fears if the sale gets hung up for years in litigation, it would grossly devalue the team.

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31.

xjrman    

Her remedy is to sue her husband for acts that resulted in losing the team. She is NOT innocent. His sins are her sins given their partnership. Be careful who you get in bed with ... in business & in life. She did both.

133 days ago
32.

Repeter    

Or else? Or else what?

I don't think she'll win her case by being arrogant.

133 days ago
33.

Jay W.     

Clipper sale aside... Shelly really looks good with that blonde hair, eh? Or is it the wealth that makes me find her attractive?

133 days ago
34.

regretnot    

After the recordings were made public this the same woman, when leaving the restaurant said her husband was not a racist! Then used her PR team to write a statement saying she condemned her husband's thoughts. Bystander I think not!!! She should go too!

133 days ago
35.

Truth    

SOOO LAME. DONALD IS HOLDING THE MARIONETTE STRINGS HERE. THE BITCH KEEPS THE 50%, STERLING'S RACIST ASS STILL MAKES DECISIONS AT HOME, ONLY PLACE WHERE HE ISNT BANNED FOR LIFE. NBA CANT BE THAT RETARDED NOT TO SEE THRU THIS SH*T. #TRUTH!!

133 days ago
36.

Lakeviewboy    

Shelly, what have you done for humanity lately? You seem selfish, greedy, and very ugly.

133 days ago
37.

Macc 6400    

Innocent my ass, more like an accomplice, her dirt has already been dug up. Lying her ass off about not having relations with Donald, they are continuously spotted going on dinner dates in LA; TMZ even got footage of her and Donald leaving a restaurant with her defending him. She wants to control sale so she can sell to a friend of the family. They need to just vanish already. Just go.

133 days ago
38.

jpinPHX    

Save it for divorce court. Her and her husband are one entity right now. If a sale is forced then the proceeds would also become community property (sans a pre-nup), then she'll get access to it. Good luck getting the NBA to agree to let her keep 50% ownership.

133 days ago
39.

Jjfad1234    

I don't agree with his statements- but since when can anyone force someone to sell ? I thought we lived in America! Let him have ownership- leave it to the people to boycott games and players not to sign!!!!!!

133 days ago
40.

01void    

Everyone hold on to your a$$es this is going to be the best roller coaster ride in a long time.

133 days ago
41.

Jayne    

Cruella de Sterling - from the LA Times! Hahaha... That fits so well! Shelley is about to find out how much power she really DOESN'T have, when the Clippers keep losing and the players try to break their contracts. Racism is a bee-yatch.

133 days ago
42.

Lee    

Don't force sale of the team. Let them keep the team. However, players should be allowed to opt out of their contracts or take these owners to court. Only scrubs or high schoolers will play for them. All sponsors should bale out. Fans should bale out for a while. Team goes from 1 billion to 50 million in value. That's better that the 38 million profit based on the 12 million they originally spent.

133 days ago
43.

rolm    

I see a movie here "The Hooker-rr and the Old Jew" I just hope these two are not scaming us for a future book and movie. Every day that goes by I am just wondering

133 days ago
44.

Bossy Potato    

You're both fcuking racists. You just didn't get caught Shelley.

133 days ago
45.

AsGoodAsTheyCum    

This B!Tch was just defending this F▲ck last week. Shelly love the team, Hahahaha, NO SHELLY LOVES THE MONEY. FTMF.

133 days ago
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