"Would an owner's wife [who] would say the same thing … would the owner be asked to leave the NBA?" Sterling said. "Or would they say, 'Well, she's only the wife.'"
Also in the "Today" interview that aired Tuesday, Shelly Sterling said she suggested her husband's inflammatory comments were signs that he was suffering from dementia.
"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."
Her comments came a day after her husband's CNN interview reignited a firestorm of criticism over broadsides against
"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."
She made similar suggestions regarding the onset of dementia in her interview with Barbara Walters that aired Monday.
And even though Shelly Sterling said she agreed with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver's punishment, she said she would go "as far as I can go" to fight for her stake.