A day after her husband's CNN interview reignited a firestorm of criticism, Shelly
"Why am I the victim when he's the perpetrator?" Sterling said of her embattled husband, Donald. "If somebody kills somebody, does the wife have to stand trial too?"
Shelly Sterling sat down with Guthrie on the
"If I said anything wrong, I'm sorry," Donald Sterling told Cooper. "He's a good person. I mean, what am I going to say? Has he done everything he can do to help minorities? I don't think so. But I'll say it, he's great. But I don't think he's a good example for the children of Los Angeles."
In the "Today" interview that aired Tuesday, Shelly Sterling said she suggested her husband's inflammatory comments were signs that he was suffering from
"I felt bad for him, he's not the man that I know," she said as her attorney sat beside her. "I think it's been happening but no one really knew the reason. He gets crazy and yells and screams and hollers one moment, next moment he'll talk about something else. It's like nothing makes sense."
She pointed to Donald Sterling's broadsiding of Johnson, saying it didn't make sense.
"Why would he bring Magic Johnson into the issue about what's happening now?" she said. "That's where I felt pity because he couldn't get all the dots together. He couldn't connect the dots."
Shelly Sterling made similar suggestions regarding the onset of dementia in her interview with Barbara Walters that aired Monday.
Donald Sterling, 80, apologized repeatedly in his interview with Cooper for the racial remarks he made that prompted the
For her part, Shelly Sterling said she agreed with NBA Commissioner
But, she said, "I don't agree with what their decision is for me," she said. "I wholly feel that I've done nothing wrong."
Silver said when he announced his sanctions against Donald Sterling that "there have been no decisions about other members of the Sterling family." That would appear to provide some hope for Shelly Sterling to maintain her half-ownership, held in a family trust.