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These two just got married a couple days ago, and Jamal Crawford's wife Tori Crawford was able to mix-a-lot at her wedding. Yes, Sir Mix-a-Lot was a surprise musical guest, and he performed his early 90's hit "Baby Got Back" to guests including Chris Paul, Grant Hill, and pretty much his whole team of Clippers.
Jamal's wife Tori has something to be proud of in the fact that Jamal is only the fourth person in history to win the NBA sixth man award twice. His value to a team is clear, and his value to Sir-Mix-a-Lot's career cannot be overstated. Tori herself is 29 years old and the mother of two. She's busy all the time taking care of the little ones. Their son is named JJ and their daughter is named London. She also helps take care of Jamal's first son, Eric.
Tori is a fairly private wife for Jamal, but the two are actively involved in community reach-out programs and charity. Jamal himself seems like a really generous, cool dude. He's friends with basically all the top athletes. His last birthday, the 13-year NBA vet got a shout-out from Floyd Mayweather wishing him a good year. He's been photographed hanging with Kobe, Isaiah Thomas (who attended his wedding), and of course all the Clips. Tori is a bit more private and likes to stay home with the kids, though the two enjoy vacations in the offseason and spending quality time at their current pad in Los Angeles. Jamal makes some decent cash to support his wife. His biggest earning year was 2010-2011, when he made $10.8 million. Last year he pulled down a cool $5.2 million. One of the most impressive stats I found from Crawford was his league-leading .927 free throw percentage back in the 2011-2012 season. Only 206 attempts but that's nothing to sneeze at.
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Riding in on a white horse to save the city of Los Angeles from the recently voted most hated man in America, Donald Sterling, is Steve Ballmer. If reports are true, Steve Ballmer and wife Connie Ballmer are headed to Los Angeles to take the reins of the city's second team.
Ballmer, a former Microsoft CEO, has reportedly led a group offering up more than $2,000,000,000 (for those not counting zeros, that's $2 Billion) to buy the Los Angeles Clippers and rid professional sports of the Sterling. This isn't Ballmer's first attempt to gain entry to the NBA, having previously put forward funds in an effort to first keep and then bring back the Seattle SuperSonics. He later made a bid to buy the Kings when the Maloofs sold in 2013, ultimately falling short of a winning bid. Interestingly, during the May 11 Clippers playoff game against the Oklahoma City Thunder, Steve Ballmer was photographed sitting alongside NBA commissioner Adam Silver.
Los Angeles will prove a new pace for Connie Ballmer. The Oregon native Connie has stayed in the Pacific Northwest her entire life. After graduating from Western Washington University, she settled down with Steve at 28 years old and returned while Steve climbed the Microsoft ladder in Seattle. Connie and Steve founded the charitable Partnership of our Children, with a $10 million donation. Partnership of our Children was founded to bring together funds from state, college and private funds to improve Washington's state child-welfare system.
Steve and Connie Ballmer have three sons, Sam, Peter and Aaron with the youngest still in high school.
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UPDATE 04/28/2014 In a somewhat surprising turn of events, Donald Sterling and estranged wife Shelly Sterling emerged in public on a dinner date Sunday evening.
On Sunday evening, Shelly Sterling released a statement through TMZ saying:
"Our family is devastated by the racist comments made by my estranged husband. My children and I do not share these despicable views or prejudices. We will not let one man's small-mindedness poison the spirit of the fans and accomplishments of the team in the city we love. We are doing everything in our power to stand by and support our Clippers team."
Now here's where this gets weird. Just a few hours after releasing that statement, Donald and Shelly were seen leaving Flemings Steakhouse in Los Angeles. Figuring there's plenty to talk about, them being together isn't impossible to see happening. But when the paparazzi asked Donald Sterling if he was a racist, Shelly shouted out "OF COURSE NOT." She repeated the same "OF COURSE NOT," when asked if the accusations were true, before saying what sounded like that the tapes were altered while climbing into the drivers seat (audio isn't perfectly clear).
This is bound to continue getting weirder before a resolution comes to pass.
Lost in the midst of the latest racially charged controversy with Clippers owner, is Shelly Sterling, the wife of Donald Sterling.
Donald and Shelly Sterling (Rochelle Sterling) were married in 1957, and despite nearly 50 years of married life, the couple parted ways. They are not officially divorced, and given the significant property and assets that would need to be sorted, may very well just work better for both parties this way. The couple had three children together, Scott, Chris and Joanna Sterling. Scott Sterling was found dead on January 1, 2013 from what was reported as an apparent drug overdose at an apartment owned by Donald.
Though still legally married, Shelly knew full well of the woman in the infamous tapes, Donald Sterling's girlfriend V Stiviano. Forbes Magazine reports that fights between both Sterling's and Stiviano were common and public at Clippers home games. In March, 2014, Shelly Sterling filed suit in Los Angeles Court against Donald Sterling's girlfriend V Stiviano on behalf of the entire Sterling family. The suit was filed to recover more than $1.8 million in the form of a duplex, Ferrari, Range Rover, and two Bentleys. For her part, Stiviano has claimed that every item in the suit was given to her as a gift from the Clippers owner.
During the first game since the audio was released, Shelly Sterling sat courtside wearing all black in support with the Clippers players. Though she refused to be interviewed live during the ABC broadcast, Shelly wanted to make it abundantly clear that she does not share her estranged husbands world views and is absolutely NOT a racist telling Lisa Salters, “I am not a racist. I do not condone the things you heard on that tape.”.
There is sure to be more on this story as it develops, and we'll try to follow details as best we can.