The ex-wife of deposed Clippers owner Donald Sterling managed to maintain a healthy ceremonial role with the team under Steve Ballmer despite her own history of racist behavior. This shouldn't be happening.

In exchange for her cooperation for moving the Clippers' sale along, Shelly Sterling, the wife of deposed owner Donald Sterling, will receive a fancy title under new owner Steve Ballmer, according to ESPN's Darren Rovell.


That title isn't just ceremonial, though. In fact, her involvement is much deeper.

That Shelly Sterling is remaining a part of the organization isn't a surprise. There was an expectation that she'd end up maintaining her seats and even having some sort of ceremonial role throughout the process. But giving a charitable foundation headed by her up to 10 percent of the team is more than was expected.