Earl Ofari Hutchinson, president of the Los Angeles Urban Policy Roundtable, said in a statement that "Shelly Sterling's history of bigoted actions and racist remarks has been well-documented and is every bit as odious as her husband Donald Sterling's bigotry."
Hutchinson, along with a coalition of a dozen civil rights leaders, said that "[i]f Shelly Sterling retains ownership of the Clippers or even a presence at Clipper games and in its operations, the call by the NBA and its players for Sterling to give up ownership would be worse than a hollow victory, it would be an affront to the players and the black community."
Hutchinson said that her playing a role in operations of the team would be cause for a renewed call for a boycott of Clippers games.
Shelly Sterling has been accused in court documents of making racially charged comments to tenants of apartment buildings owned by Donald Sterling. Through her spokesperson, she denied ever doing so.
Three days before Silver's announcement, TMZ released a recording of what the league later confirmed was Sterling telling a female friend that he did not want her to bring black people to games. The recording was the reason behind Silver's decision to fine and ban Sterling, but he added that behavior throughout Sterling's 33-year ownership of the franchise could be considered at the time of the vote to force a sale of the team.