Shelly Sterling, wife of racist and banned-for-life former owner of the Los Angeles Clippers Donald Sterling, told ABC News that she will "eventually file for divorce" from her husband and will "absolutely" fight for her right to keep her stake in the team.

"I was shocked by what he said. And — well, I guess whatever their decision is — we have to live with it," she said. "But I don't know why I should be punished for what his actions were."

In an interview with Barbara Walters, which airs tonight, Sterling said she believed there was a double standard.

"I will fight that decision. . . . To be honest with you, I'm wondering if a wife of one of the owners, and there's 30 owners, did something like that, said those racial slurs, would they oust the husband? Or would they leave the husband in?"

Sterling also told Walters that she's been in the process of divorcing her 80-year-old husband for over twenty years now, and that she had already signed a petition. But her financial adviser and attorney say that now is not the right time.

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