Her husband had been issued a $2.5-million fine and banned from the
"It's a tough one for Shelly, really," Rivers said after the game. "She didn't do anything wrong. You have compassion for her. I kept hearing about the girlfriend, and Shelly's the wife. You know what I mean? I talked to her today, and she's been through as much as anyone as well.
"She asked if she could come, which I thought was a very nice gesture, and she just wanted the players to know that she loved them, and she told me to tell them. I thought, why not?"
Rochelle Sterling has tried to distance herself from the remarks that caused such trouble for her husband, but she hasn't been free of controversy, including being accused of denigrating African Americans and Latinos.
Rivers said he didn't expect that Donald Sterling would transfer ownership of the Clippers to his wife.