The estranged wife of Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling will fight to retain her 50 percent ownership stake in the team, her lawyer tells The Associated Press, adding an unwanted twist to the NBA's plan to force new ownership on the franchise.
Shelly Sterling's attorney, Pierce O'Donnell, says his client "will not agree to a forced or involuntary seizure of her interest."
O'Donnell says "we will fight vigorously to defend her property rights."
O'Donnell says Mrs. Sterling has no interest in managing the Clippers and wants a new investor group to come in with a professional management team.
The attorney says Mrs. Sterling "abhors" the racist comments made by her husband that led to his lifetime ban from the NBA. The league is trying to force the sale of the team to new owners.
O'Donnell says that Shelly Sterling has been separated from her husband for the last year and is considering divorce.
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