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Stiviano opens up about Donald Sterling, recording

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 05:53 p.m. HST, May 03, 2014

V. Stiviano says Donald Sterling's racist comments on an audio recording leaked to the public were not the first by the Los Angeles Clippers owner in conversations with her.

"There's been a number of occasions where Mr. Sterling and I had conversations just like this one. This was one of very many," Stiviano told Barbara Walters on ABC's "20/20" in an interview that aired Friday night. "Part of what the world heard was only 15 minutes. There's a number of other hours that the world doesn't know."

Sterling told Stiviano in the recording that she should not post online photos of herself with black people, including basketball great Magic Johnson, or bring black people to Clippers' games.

The recording, which an attorney for Stiviano said was leaked by a third party, led to public outcry across the country and the NBA. Some sponsors dropped the Clippers and others re-evaluated their relationship with the NBA.

On Tuesday, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver banned Sterling for life, fined him $2.5 million and urged league owners to force him to sell the team. A three-quarters vote by the NBA owners is required to force him to sell.

Though Stiviano told Walters that Sterling should "absolutely" apologize, she said she still loves him like a father figure and does not believe he is a racist.

"I think Mr. Sterling is from a different generation than I am," she said. "I think 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."

Stiviano said that since the ban, Sterling has felt confused, alone and not supported by those around him.

"I think he's highly more traumatized and hurt by the things that he said himself," she said. "I think he can't even believe or understand sometimes the thing he says, and I think he's hurt by it. He's hurting right now."

A real-estate mogul, Sterling has been accused of racial missteps before.

The billionaire had paid a $2.76 million settlement to resolve a federal lawsuit accusing him of systematically excluding blacks and Hispanics from his rental properties. He also won a wrongful termination lawsuit by general manager Elgin Baylor, who accused him of various slurs and slights.

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Maunawiliboy wrote:
His racial beliefs notwithstanding, how is recording someone's private conversation legal to use against them? He is definately biased, but is that illegal and punishable?
on May 2,2014 | 06:38PM
lwandcah wrote:
I don't know who is worse, the guy or the girl; they both look like pretty scary people.
on May 3,2014 | 06:03AM
mrrdgreen wrote:
my vote...the girl
on May 3,2014 | 08:34AM
turbolink wrote:
She's definitely taking it to the bank.
on May 3,2014 | 09:04AM
uth50 wrote:
It doesn't matter what he says is legal or punishable. It's his racist beliefs and his thinking about other people that matters in our society. This kind of reptilian approach is not appropriate in our pluralistic society. He needs to reprogrammed his hard wire lizard brain mentality to free himself from ignorance and come out of his dark cave. He is blinded by his wealth and artificial power. So sad and stupid. Oh! only in the human species we find the actions of the word STUPID.
on May 3,2014 | 09:38AM
nssanes wrote:
In some states, such as New York, it is legal to record a conversation if one party agrees. In other words, if she recorded her own conversation without his knowledge it would be legal in those places with that rule - the one-party rule.
on May 2,2014 | 07:58PM
kailua000 wrote:
In California it is illegal and it was also illegal for TMZ to publish the tape.
on May 3,2014 | 04:06AM
kiana33 wrote:
This is BS in the 1st degree. The guy has a right to say whatever he wants in private. The only time a private conversation that's being recorded should be released to the public is if the guy was planning some kind of violent attack. I am not agreeing that what he said was ok, but when someone, in this case V. is only after money it's plain wrong. I wish all her bentleys and ferrarri's and any money she makes or made off this is taken away from her. Then maybe a little justice might be served.
on May 2,2014 | 08:36PM
WalkoffBalk wrote:
Just got paid.
on May 2,2014 | 10:36PM
kailua000 wrote:
I watched that interview. Not once in her questions did Barbara Wawa ask about "why did you release that recording" She gave strange answers throughout, she really is rather stupid.
on May 3,2014 | 04:06AM
cojef wrote:
Maybe so, but she got several Ferraris and a Lambrogini and a condo worth some money. Also, remember an expensive wardrobe to attend functions with her sugar daddy. Of course, Sterling estranged wife is suing to get them back. As a wife of over 10 years, in California a community property State, guess she ownership of 50%. The former Dodger owner had to share 50% with his wife when they divorced.
on May 3,2014 | 06:55AM
gtracer66 wrote:
Once again the PC thought police are at it again. In America, we no longer have the Constitutional protection of the 1st Amendment. What we think or say should not be a reason to destroy someone's life. Crying "fire" in a crowded threater may be criminal, but being racist should not be a crime. No, Stirling was not arrested, but his social life has been pretty much destroyed. It's not like he even said these things in public, but in the privacy of his own home. Apparently he trusted Stiviano. And she betrayed that trust. In my opinion, she is worse than Stirling. Times change and attitudes change but we still have racism. We cannot regulate peoples minds unless we want to be like some totalitarian countries who send dissidents to "re-education" camps. Is that where America is heading? Will we be sent to concentration camps for having non-acceptable thoughts? And who decides?
on May 3,2014 | 05:21AM
Too_Much_Pilikia wrote:
The liberalist agenda......controlling your mind and now your words! What is this country coming to??
on May 3,2014 | 12:30PM
Puna89 wrote:
Her, him, Walters the whole thing is disappointing. Sterling was there during the interview
on May 3,2014 | 05:57AM
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