Disgraced Donald Sterling has confirmed that he and wife Shelly have started divorce proceedings in the wake of the scandal unfolding over his racist remarks.
And in an interview he said he hoped his estranged wife would be able to keep her share of the LA Clippers – even if he is forced to sell.
He said: ‘The poor girl; I don’t know how she can live and deal with this. Thank God she has wonderful attorneys – wonderful – and they will protect her.’
‘If for some reason I can’t have the team, I think she should have her interest. I mean, she didn’t do anything. I brought this all on her,’ he told CNN’s Anderson Cooper.
Shelly Sterling, who has been married to the 81-year-old for 50 years, has already said she believes she has the right to hold on to her share of the Clippers.
And she has also claimed her husband may be suffering from dementia.
In the interview Sterling added that he was a ‘good’ and ‘warm’ person and, hitting out at the way he had been portrayed, asked: ‘What am I, a Frankenstein? ’
His latest comments come after he insisted that the NBA has no legal right to force him to sell his beloved basketball team and fine him $2.5m – and that he’s willing to take the fight to the Supreme Court.
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SOURCE: JULIAN ROBINSON and RYAN PARRY