You’ve probably already seen that embattled racist basketball team owner has now come forward to apologize for the comments that got him banned from the NBA and to clarify that he’s not a racist. Meanwhile his wife has said that she thinks Sterling may have dementia and doesn’t see why she should have to give up her 50% stake in the team. (California is a community property state.) But the Sterling family penchant for comedy came through mostly in Shelly Sterling’s insistence that she’s really divorcing Donald. Really.
This from the AP …
Shelly Sterling also said she “eventually” will divorce her husband, and that she hadn’t yet done so due to financial considerations.
“For the last 20 years, I’ve been seeing attorneys for a divorce,” she said. “In fact, I have here — I just filed — I was going to file the petition. I signed the petition for a divorce. And it came to almost being filed. And then, my financial adviser and my attorney said to me, ‘Not now.'”
Let me start by stipulating that there are many women trapped in bad or even abusive marriages for financial reasons. But when you live in a community property state and your spouse is worth maybe a billion dollars, “financial considerations” take on a more cynical or sinister air.
Also, for twenty years she’s been seeing attorneys about a divorce? That’s a pretty long time without actually getting a divorce! Donald Sterling is clearly a pretty bad husband, seeing as he openly cheats on his wife and seems to be a terrible person for reasons totally unrelated to the recent blow up. But Shelly Sterling, remember, was deeply implicated and also a defendant in the massive housing discrimination suit which, on the merits, is vastly worse and more disturbing than his taped comments with his most recent girlfriend.
On balance, these two seem well-suited to each other.