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Donald Sterling Breaks Silence; Wishes He Had Paid Off Stiviano

Posted on May 5, 2014

Speaking publicly for the first time since the release of a racist audio recording led to his lifetime ban from the NBA., Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling said he wishes he had “paid off” the female acquaintance who taped their conversation, according to media reports.

“I wish I had just paid her off,” Sterling reportedly told DuJour magazine, a Los Angeles lifestyle publication, speaking of V. Stiviano, to whom Sterling made the recorded comments., according to Friday reports by USA Today and other media outlets.

Stiviano widely has been described as the married Sterling’s girlfriend, although she denied any romantic connection in a televised interview Friday with ABC’s Barbara Walters.

The quote is the only one released from what the magazine called an exclusive discussion, USA Today said. Sterling told DuJour he only would do future interviews with Walters and the NBA.

Sterling had been silent since the recordings were leaked April 26 by the gossip website TMZ.com., USA Today said.

On Tuesday, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver banned the 80-year-old Sterling for life, fined him $2.5 million and said he would push owners to force Sterling to sell his franchise, which could be worth $500 million to $1 billion, according to media estimates.

“I think he [Sterling] feels very alone. Not truly supported by those around him,” Stiviano, 31, told Walters, according to media reports. “Tormented. Emotionally traumatized.”

“There’s been a number of occasions where Mr. Sterling and I had conversations just like this one,” Stiviano said, according to a CNN report of the interview with Walters. “Part of what the world heard was only 15 minutes. There’s a number of other hours that the world doesn’t know.”

“I think he comes from a different generation…he was brought up to believe these things…segregation, whites and blacks. But through his actions, he’s shown that he’s not a racist. He’s shown to be a very generous and kind man.”

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11 thoughts on “Donald Sterling Breaks Silence; Wishes He Had Paid Off Stiviano

  1. Denver Kitty says:

    Sterling, you lecherous old dog, my advice? Be careful who you "associate" with.

  2. I think Donald could have fought back on all this considering his vast resources, making the NBA and some of the media regret their 2-minute hate fest. Basically a scorched earth policy that drags everyone down into destruction.

    But it looks they have him beaten, and he is going to throw in the towel.

  3. jew sterling says:

    media painting this as black and white, when sterling (real name tokowitz) is a jew

  4. I don't understand why no one is commenting on the real crime. Extortion, blackmail and wiretapping? I totally disagree with what he said, but actions speak louder than words. Everyone is up in arms over a private conversation that in no way affected his actions. They ignore the real crime here and go after the politically correct story. What right does anyone have to fine someone 2.1 million dollars and ban someone from watching the team he owns because he has bad thinking? That is the second crime. I in no way feel sorry for the racist. He should have stayed true to his wife. However I'm shocked that the real crimes are somehow negated because they are committed against someone we don't like.

  5. Stiviano is a traitor. Sterling spoke in confidence. Hope she goes down in flames.

  6. 1baronrichsnot1 says:

    Near or on the breast of an evil, greedy, whore is a very cold place to consistently sleep. Wishes and dreams to change acts unforeseen, are better chalked up as a learning experience! To late to change it dude.

  7. Barbie says:

    I knew that bitch was blackmailing him….fight, Sterling….don't let those idiots dictate to you.

  8. Dean Gates says:



    YOU DON'T PICK ANY BETTER THAN I DO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



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