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Shelly Sterling talks with the Associated Press about the Los Angeles Clippers sale and her estranged husband.

By SI Wire
August 29, 2014

When former Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling was banned for life by the NBA for racist comments caught on tape and later publicized, the league took swift action in trying to take the franchise away from him.

His estranged wife Shelly Sterling knew she had to act quickly as well and was approached by former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer about buying the team.

Sterling was interviewed by the Associated Press about her husband and how Ballmer eventually bought the franchise from a record $2 billion.

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"I told him: `You won't have to build an arena or a practice field.' So he was getting a bargain," Sterling said. "And I told him, `We have great players, a great coach and you'll never have the chance to buy a team in Los Angeles again."

Sterling said she didn't realize that Donald Sterling was cheating on her during the marriage because she was busy raising their kids and taking care of their real estate business. She was also told there by lawyers that divorcing her husband would not be beneficial. 

''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."

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