Shelly Sterling, the wife of former Clippers owner Donald Sterling, said the woman who leaked the tape of him making racist remarks, V. Stiviano, "ruined our lives for our whole family," according to the Associated Press.
Shelly Sterling filed a lawsuit against V. Stiviano in March.
Donald Sterling was banned from the NBA for life and issued a $2.5 million fine less than a week after TMZ.com published the tape. Shelly Sterling legally removed her husband from the family trust and sold the franchise to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer for $2 billion.
Sterling described a meeting she had with Ballmer after he expressed interest in buying the team. "He was a like a little child. He was so excited, so happy." The NBA announced earlier this month that Ballmer had officially taken over the team, with the NBA Board of Governors previously approving the sale.
"I was given the task and I did it," she said Thursday. "I just did what I had to do."
Shelly Sterling also addressed whether she knew Donald had cheated on her: "I can't say if I was blind to it or I didn't know to ask." Shelly said she considered seeking a divorce but that her lawyers said it would not benefit her.
"What's the point at our age?" she said. "I still feel sorry for him. I think he's going to make it right and he'll be OK. "
These days, she said, "We're on better terms. We try not to talk about the case. We have a business together so we have to talk."
- Chris Johnson