Shelly Sterling, wife of embattled LA Clippers owne

r Donald Sterling, is intent to keep the team within her family, even as the NBA plots to push her husband out of basketball. 

Shelly Sterling, who has said her husband's views don't match hers, told ABCNews she will eventually file for divorce and fight the NBA to keep her ownership stake in the team.  

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"I will fight that decision," she said to ABC News' Barbara Walters. "To be honest with you, I'm wondering if a wife of one of the owners, and there's 30 owners, did something like that, said those racial slurs, would they oust the husband? Or would they leave the husband in?"

NBA commissioner Adam Silver made sure to state that the lifetime ban and $2.5 million fine issued to Donald Sterling applied to him only, not the rest of the family. That said, at this point, it would probably be in the best interest of the league to have a clean break and force a sale. 

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In order to push Donald Sterling to sell the team, which could go for $1 billion if sold, Silver will count on other owners to vote Donald Sterling out and invoke a moral code clause. The clause states owners must not commit any action or make any comment that reflects negatively on the league. Obviously, the Donald Sterling audio would fall under that category.    

Shelly Sterling, who has been an owner alongside her husband for 33 years, does not believe his actions should hinder her ability to remain as an owner. Shelly Sterling said the team is her "passion" and a "legacy to her family."  

"I've been with the team for 33 years, through the good times and the bad times," Shelly Sterling said. 

Shelly Sterling said she has not talked talked to her estranged husband Donald Sterling about his comments. She did state that Donald Sterling's comments surprised her. 

"I was shocked by what he said. And — well, I guess whatever their decision is — we have to live with it," she said. "But I don't know why I should be punished for what his actions were."