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Is The NBA Really Going To Allow Donald Sterling’s Wife To Run A Charity Through The Clippers?

Submitted by on June 9, 2014 – 11:49 am3 Comments

Late last month, Shelly Sterling—the wife of longtime Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling—agreed to sell the Clippers to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer for approximately $2 billion. And when she did, we all breathed a sigh of relief and thought, “THANK YOU.” Shelly’s husband did irreparable damage to himself and his standing within the NBA earlier this year when he got caught using a series of racist remarks during a taped phone conversation. So we couldn’t have been any happier to hear that the entire Sterling family was going to be disconnected from the NBA in the very near future. But unfortunately, it sounds like Shelly won’t be completely separated from the Clippers franchise after all, thanks to a clause in the contract that she signed when she agreed to sell the team to Ballmer.

According to the Associated Press, Shelly Sterling will no longer be involved with the Clippers organization. But she will apparently be active in a charity that will be formed as a result of the sale of the team. A total of $200 million from the sale of the Clippers will be put into a foundation that will “target underprivileged families, battered women, minorities, and inner city youths.” And guess who is going to be heading it up? You guessed it! Shelly will reportedly be calling the shots to some degree with regards to the foundation

Doesn’t this sound absolutely ludicrous? We understand Shelly wanting to do something to clear her name in light of everything that her husband has said and done in recent months. But she simply cannot maintain any sort of working relationship with the Clippers at this time and expect it to go over well with people. Furthermore, the NBA can’t allow the Sterling name to continue to be associated with the Clippers. They might have the best of intentions in mind. But at this point, the Sterlings and the Clippers need to have absolutely no connection. So let’s hope that the AP report about Shelly running a foundation for the Clippers turns out to be false.

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