Shelly Sterling said Wednesday she hopes to keep ownership of the Los Angeles Clippers and believes she is legally entitled to do so.

Sterling will attempt to keep the Clippers after the NBA banned her husband, Donald Sterling, due to racist remarks. Shelly Sterling called herself a "die-hard" fan of the Clippers and said the sanctions against Donald Sterling do not apply to "me or my family."

Sterling's position creates a "wild card" scenario for the NBA, according to a league official.

Ownership by any of the Sterlings could mean a continued flight of sponsors and a potential boycott from players and fans. Shelly Sterling has equal ownership with her husband and each takes control if the other dies, according to sources.