Originally written on The Other Paper  |  Last updated 1/13/15
Nba-golden-state-warriors
Shelly Sterling fired back at the NBA — for a decision to take away her shares of the Los Angeles Clippers — by branding the league as sexist and accusing them of having their own sort of discriminatory issues.The wife of Donald Sterling — the banned owner of the team — alluded to the S-word during an interview with the  Today show to describe how she is being forced to give up her 50-percent stake in the club by the league.The league issued a statement on Sunday saying her shares would be forfeited if team owners voted to force her disgraced husband — who was recorded making racial slurs two weeks ago — to sell.Asked what she thought of the NBA's decision, Sterling replied:"Would an owner's wife say the same thing and would the owner be asked to leave the NBA?" she asked back in the interview Tuesday morning. "Or would they say, 'Ah she's only the wife?'""Why am I the victim, when he's the perpetrator? If somebody kills somebody does the wife have to stand trial too?" she said to host Savannah Guthrie.Sterling said she was shocked when she watched her husband's latest interview, in which he sparked more controversy by saying Magic Johnson had done nothing to help the African-American community.He made a series of disparaging remarks about Johnson's HIV-positive status — mistakenly saying he had AIDS — dismissing his work in charity and business and saying he's not a proper role model.Hours after Shelly Sterling said she would fight to keep her ownership of the franchise even if her estranged husband can't, the league said that wouldn't be possible."Under the NBA constitution, if a controlling owner's interest is terminated by a three-quarter vote, all other team owners' interests are automatically terminated as well," an NBA spokesman said."It doesn't matter whether the owners are related as is the case here. These are the rules to which all NBA owners agreed to as a condition of owning their team."Shelly's attorney, Pierce O'Donnell, responded to the NBA's statement."We do not agree with the league's self-serving interpretation of its constitution, its application to Shelly Sterling or its validity under these unique circumstances," O'Donnell said. "We live in a nation of laws. California law and the United States Constitution trump any such interpretation."Sterling also told ABC News on Sunday that she "would love him to" consider transferring ownership to her if he is forced to sell.
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Syracuse loses scholarships, vacates wins, on probabation

Bryce Harper on Nationals: ‘People want to see us fail’

Gary Bettman on shootouts: 'Fans like the way the game is'

Indianapolis Colts to part ways with Reggie Wayne

Report: Jets to release Percy Harvin

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

NFL teams shed Top 5 salaries, eye free agency

Report: Jets acquire Brandon Marshall in trade with Bears

With Hunter Pence out, Giants have options

Dustin Pedroia on confidence after grand slam: 'Just watch'

Jon Jones thinks he can beat Cain Velasquez

Larry Bird jokes about pose of Dominique Wilkins’ statue

Timeline of Yankee captains

Reggie Miller shares great Jordan trash talking story

Winston's film vs. Oregon is why scouts love him

Ndamukong Suh: Show him the money

Who is the 'franchise player' at each sports network?

WATCH: Duncan Keith makes young girl's dream come true

Top 10 storylines to watch in spring practice

Analyzing the top-five free agent quarterbacks

Five NBA players set to make biggest impact down the stretch

Five areas the Eagles must address this offseason

WATCH: Craig Sager emotional in warm welcome back to TNT

Likeliest landing spots for Ndamukong Suh

Clippers News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Timeline of Yankee captains

Reggie Miller shares great MJ story

Ndamukong Suh: Show him the money

Winston's film vs. Oregon is why scouts love him

Report: Jets acquire Brandon Marshall

With Pence out, Giants have options

Analyzing the top-five free agent QBs

NBA players set to make biggest impact

Larry Bird trash talks Dominique Wilkins’ statue

Likeliest landing spots for Suh

Jay Cutler available to teams in trade

Ronda Rousey breaks guy's ribs

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.