Donald Sterling purportedly says jealousy behind racist comments

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In a yet another audio recording, Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling purportedly explains why he infamously told a woman not to bring black people to his games: He was jealous that she was with black men.

The recording released Friday — the second in two days unveiled by — allegedly reveals Sterling trying to add context to racist comments that got him banned from the NBA last month. That context, he purportedly says, was that he was trying to sleep with the woman he was talking to.

“The girl is black. I like her. I’m jealous that she’s with other black guys. I want her. So what the hell, can I in private tell her, you know, ‘I don’t want you to be with anybody?'” the man purported to be Sterling says in the new tape, according to RadarOnline.

“I’m trying to have sex with her. I’m trying to play with her,” the man also says. “You know, if you (are trying) to have sex with a girl and you’re talking with her privately, you don’t think anybody’s there. You may say anything in the world. What difference does it make?

“Then if the girl tapes it and releases it, my God, it’s awful.”

The new recording is of a phone conversation between Sterling and an unidentified person, made after the controversy over racist comments erupted last month, RadarOnline said.

CNN’s attempts to verify with Sterling’s representatives that he is on the tape were not immediately successful.

Sterling, an 80-year-old married lawyer and billionaire real-estate investor, has not released a public statement since celebrity gossip website TMZ posted a 10-minute audio recording in which he chastised a woman named V. Stiviano for posting pictures of her posing with African-Americans, including basketball Hall of Famer Earvin “Magic” Johnson.

Sterling made the comments during an argument with Stiviano, 31, on April 9, according to TMZ.

“In your lousy f***ing Instagrams, you don’t have to have yourself with — walking with black people,” he says.

“If it’s white people, it’s OK?” responds Stiviano, who is part African-American, according to the recording. “If it was Larry Bird, would it make a difference?”

Although the latest recording claims that Sterling was jealous, the tapes released last month by TMZ purportedly reveal Sterling being OK with Stiviano sleeping with black men.

Referring to Johnson, Sterling purportedly said: “Admire him, bring him here, feed him, f**k him, but don’t put (Magic) on an Instagram for the world to have to see so they have to call me. And don’t bring him to my games.”

Sterling also said, according to TMZ: “You can sleep with (black people). You can bring them in; you can do whatever you want. The little I ask you is not to promote it on that … and not to bring them to my games.”

One apparent source of friction, according to the pair on the TMZ tapes, was the man’s view that she “was perceived as either a Latina or a white girl,” and that people were calling him with negative reactions to her pictures with black people.

“People call you and tell you that I have black people on my Instagram, and it bothers you,” the woman said.

“Yeah, it bothers me a lot if you want to … broadcast that you’re associating with black people. Do you have to?” the man TMZ identified as Sterling responded.

The TMZ release triggered a firestorm that led to Sterling’s lifetime ban from the NBA and a $2.5 million fine. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver has asked the other 29 owners to force Sterling, the longest-tenured owner in the league, to sell the Clippers.

More from Friday’s tape: ‘I know I’m wrong’

In the new tape, the man RadarOnline identifies as Sterling says he was wrong.

“I know I’m wrong, what I said was wrong. But I never thought a private conversation would go anywhere out to the public,” the man says.

“I didn’t want her to bring anybody to my game because I was jealous. I mean, I’m being honest,” he continues.

In a recording that RadarOnline released Thursday — again featuring someone it says is Sterling talking to an unidentified man — Sterling allegedly denies he’s a racist.

“You think I’m a racist?” a man purported to be Sterling says. “You think I have anything in the world but love for everybody? You don’t think that. You know I’m not a racist.”

A second man in that tape says, “they’re trying to force you to sell.”

“You can’t force someone to sell property in America,” Sterling purportedly says. “Well, I’m a lawyer; that’s my opinion.”

The matter of the team’s sale is with the NBA’s Advisory/Finance Committee, which met Wednesday in a conference call. Members discussed the “termination of Mr. Sterling’s ownership of the team,” the NBA said in a news release. The committee will meet again next week, the statement said.

If the case proceeds to a full vote, 75% of the owners would have to approve the forced sale.

Wife wants to retain her ownership share

However, an attorney for Donald Sterling’s estranged wife, Shelly, said Friday on CNN’s “Situation Room” that she wants to keep her 50% stake in the team and they have been talking by phone with NBA officials.

“She wants to remain a passive owner,” said attorney Pierce O’Donnell. “She’s not going to want to manage the team. She’s going to want a very skilled, professional, well-heeled new owner to come in and replace Donald,” O’Donnell said. “She only wants to own the team in her lifetime. She’s 79-years-old. At this point, she’s earned it. She’s been an owner for 33 years, and she’s an avid fan.”

Technically, the team is now owned by the Sterling family’s trust, with Donald and Shelly Sterling serving as co-trustees. Their two children are named as beneficiaries.

During a news conference announcing Sterling’s lifetime ban, the NBA’s Silver was asked whether there would be sanctions against Shelly Sterling.

“No, there have been no decisions about other members of the Sterling family, and I should say that this ruling applies specifically to Donald Sterling and Donald Sterling’s conduct only,” Silver said.

Shelly Sterling hasn’t done anything wrong and will fight any effort to try to force her to sell her stake in the team, O’Donnell said.

She has not violated the “the bylaws and constitution of the NBA,” he said. “…The last thing I saw that being a wife of a reviled co-owner is not one of them.”

He described the calls by fans and players to force his client to sell her share as “mob psychology.”

“I think it’s preposterous to think that players under contract who make tens of millions of dollars a year are going to boycott because a 79-year-old woman, a passive owner of the team who doesn’t manager, is sitting in the stands,” O’Donnell said. “It’s ridiculous.”

O’Donnell said Shelly Sterling has denounced her husband’s comments.

The Sterlings have not lived together for more than a year. Shelly Sterling is “weighing her options” as to whether she wants a divorce, O’Donnell said.

He also said she categorically denied making any racist statements, as alleged in court documents filed when the couple was sued for discrimination at their apartment buildings.

O’Donnell said those allegations were retracted, and the court ultimately decided in favor of the Sterlings.

Although her husband is banned from NBA arenas, Shelly Sterling has attended some of the Clippers playoff games since the scandal unfolded.


  • FaithC

    I don’t think he’s racist. Black people are so quick to pull out the race card but i wouldn’t want my husband associating with black women either.

  • Ken

    Maybe you should look at his history of discrimination (like the housing discrimination suit) before saying that. Why should it matter whether the men she was with were black? Would he have the same opinion if the men were white? Why bring up color either way? Either way, the dirtbag was just looking for a reason to cheat on his wife, who was naive enough to come to his defense. Karma was served, if you ask me.

  • B

    I wonder if he was under the influence when he made the initial comments. I think he was set up by his girlfriend. Why have a recorder in the first place if you’re not trying to blackmail him for money. He was up for an award from the NAACP. I guess he was an undercover racist.

  • Justin Ludwig

    If “Karma” was served Ken you would see other BLACK (yes I said that racist word) being called racist to their own people because IF you knew real history you would know that it was blacks who sold their own into slavery. Why don’t you ask the typical Chinese who is forced to make your good for wal mart about slavery you bigot hypocrite. You BLACKs or whatever if PC to call you now, since negro is racist and everything else you deem racist, need to get over it. You call yourself the N word ( I would put it but fox will block my comment) in 99% of your “musick” if you can call it that. GET OVER IT and GO BACK TO LISTENING TO JAY Z WHO WILL CALL YOU WHAT YOU ARE.

    • WeBuiltThisCountry

      Dude calm down. It’s just a comment box. You might wanna talk to your pastor about all that frustration towards black people?

      • Justin Ludwig

        Yeah I’ll calm down when there is real equality. Go to four seasons and tell me how equal opportunity is working out. Go to the hood where we self segregate and ask anybody there what they think of the white devil. You are the one who needs to open your eyes and see whats right before you. I don’t have to talk to “my pastor” because I know whats up. Blacks claim Tiger woods and Obama who are both half black only. Yet George Zimmerman is white. L O L. Where is the million men to march for Channon Christian and Christopher Newsom? Oh I forget…we are the majority and can’t be treated as equal. Its reverse racism for blacks to discriminate ..why? Why is their hypocrisy always justified or watered down in the media…its because of spineless lib tards like you!

  • Megan Cameron

    This is the most ridiculous excuse he could’ve come up with. He only tolerates this girl’s heritage (being half black and half Hispanic) because she’s perceived as either only Latina or white. He said, toward the beginning of the recording, that he didn’t want to discuss race with her because she was “the enemy.” I’m sorry, if you’re only trying to sleep with someone you surely don’t call them your enemy. Not only that, but when she brings up her race, and that she’s half black, he says that he thought she took care of that, that she had gotten it removed. Not only is he ABSOLUTELY racist, he is completely ignorant on how race even works. Donald is so entrenched in his racism that, throughout the recording, he genuinely couldn’t even understand the illogical aspects of racism the girl was trying to share. We’re all people. We all have the same basic needs and desires. Personally, I pity racists like Donald Sterling. He is so clearly far from reality and it’s sad. What a terrible life to deem people as his genuine “enemy” simply because of their skin or race. Racism is so prevalent throughout races, majorities and minorities alike, and it’s heartbreaking. We are intelligent enough to move past this.

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