Shelly Sterling and her representatives told the Los Angeles Times on Wednesday that she intends to remain an owner of the Los Angeles Clippers despite the league banning her husband, Donald Sterling, for life:

Sterling described her long tenure as a "die-hard" fan of the Clippers and said she believes that the sanctions against Donald Sterling — which included a lifetime ban and $2.5-million fine — do not apply to "me or my family."

Shelly Sterling's position presents a "wild card" for the pro basketball league as it faces its biggest crisis in memory, said a league official, who declined to be named because he was not authorized to speak publicly about the matter. Her intention to hold on to the team is a wrinkle apparently not contemplated by NBA officials when they moved nine days ago to strip her estranged husband of ownership.

She has retained the services of a law firm "to guide her in her ownership quest," according to the LA Times. After NBA commissioner Adam Silver said at the press conference announcing Donald Sterling's ban that his ruling applied to only Donald and not his family, Shelly Sterling has publicly distanced herself from him.