What You Need to Know This Week About Donald Sterling


A New Owner?

The biggest question for the Clippers remains, who will end up owning the team?

Since Sterling's ban, several celebrities have said they would be willing to buy the team from Sterling. While big names such as Oprah Winfrey and Magic Johnson expressed interest in acquiring the Clippers, for now Sterling remains the team owner, even though he is banned from attending a game.

It will take two-thirds of a vote of NBA owners to force Sterling to sell his team. Sacramento Kings majority owner Vivek Ranadive told "Good Moring America" earlier this month that he believes the vote to oust Sterling will be unanimous.

"The owners I know are all color blind and they found that this behavior was outrageous, so I wouldn't be surprised if it isn't a unanimous vote," Ranadive said." "I would be very surprised if that was not the case."

Complicating the case is Sterling's wife, who co-owns the team and confirmed Wednesday that she intends to retain co-ownership of the team, which is owned by a family trust. According to ESPN, Rochelle Sterling has been co-owner since 1981 and is one of two alternate governors. The other is team president Andy Roeser.

Roeser started an indefinite leave of absence on Tuesday.

In a statement given to ESPN, Shelly Sterling said the sanctions applied to her husband only.

"Commissioner Silver made it clear, that when he announced sanctions against Donald, that the NBA was taking no action against me or my family," Sterling told ESPN.

Sterling's attorney, Pierce O'Donnell, said her legal counsel will fight to "defend her property rights" and that Sterling, "will not agree to a forced or involuntary seizure of her interest."

Who Is V. Stiviano?

The woman at the center of the controversy continues to grab headlines.

This week it was announced the woman, heard on the initial tape and reported to be Sterling's personal assistant, was trying to adopt two pre-teen boys from the Los Angeles County of Family services, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Stiviano was put into the spotlight after Sterling's racist rant was released spoke to ABC News' Barbara Walters about her relationship with Sterling.

In the interview with Walters, Stiviano said she was Sterling's personal assistant and "right hand arm man," and that she loves him as a "father figure."

While Stiviano, 31, was heard on the tape talking to Sterling during his infamous tirade, she denies leaking the recording.

See V. Stiviano's Interview with Barbara Walters

What Does Donald Sterling Have to say?

Sterling has refused to speak directly to press for the past two weeks, except for a single statement given to the lifestyle magazine DuJour.

Sterling was quoted as saying: "I wish I had just paid her off," in reference to V. Stiviano.

Breaking Down the Donald Sterling Scandal: The Audio, The Lawsuits, the Reactions

Both Sterling and Stiviano were supposed to sit down with ABC News' Barbara Walters on May 2, but only Stiviano appeared for the interview. She said she did not believe that Sterling was a racist.

Can Sterling Do Anything to Keep His Team?

Even a unanimous vote to oust Sterling may not mean the drama is over, according to experts.

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