You are not the No. 1 Los Angeles Clippers fan. Shelly Sterling holds that title, officially.
That was just one of the perks that the estranged wife of Donald Sterling received in the $2 billion sale of the Clippers to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, which was finalized on Tuesday. She actually gets the title of "Clipper's Number 1 Fan" along with "Owner Emeritus," according to Arash Markazi of ESPN.com.
Shelly Sterling will still have a large and visible presence with the Clippers after this deal. pic.twitter.com/UKqFVTSPF1
— Arash Markazi (@ArashMarkazi) August 12, 2014
Donald Sterling was banned from the NBA for life in April after audio recordings of him making racists comments were made public. In May, Shelly Sterling negotiated the sale to Ballmer, after removing her husband as a co-trustee of the family trust that owned the team. A judge denied Donald Sterling's attempt to block the sale to Ballmer, determining that he was justly removed as a co-trustee after two doctors determined he had signs of Alzheimer's disease.
Only time will tell how the other Clippers fans will treat Shelly Sterling at games.