Clippers owner Donald Sterling was absent from Sunday’s game after audio recordings were released of him making racist statements.

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In calls to girlfriend Vanessa Stiviano, authenticated by her lawyer, Sterling tells her not to bring black people to Clippers games or post pictures of herself with black men on Instagram.

However, Sterling’s estranged wife Rochelle, who goes by Shelly, sat court side for the playoff game against Golden State and told TMZ she does not stand behind her husband’s comments.

‘Our family is devastated by the racist comments made by my estranged husband. My children and I do not share these despicable view or prejudices.

Shelly goes on … “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.”

And Shelly says, “We are doing everything in our power to stand by and support our Clippers team.”

Shelly was at Sunday’s playoff game and is flying back with the team tonight.  Donald, on the other hand, was persona non grata at the game.

It’s worth noting … Shelly has been estranged from Donald for years.  She retained attorney Laura Wasser several months ago to file a civil lawsuit against Donald’s GF V. Stiviano.  Wasser is a top divorce lawyer, so it seems divorce is imminent.We’re told the last straw in the marriage was when Donald and Shelly’s adult son died of an overdose more than a year ago, and Shelly felt he was more interested in Stiviano than grieving with the family.

While the Clippers players, many of whom are African-American, initially planned to boycott the game, they decided to play and protest the comments by wearing their warm-ups inside out and black socks in solidarity.