If you thought Cliven Bundy’s racist tirade was bad, wait till you hear this one from Donald Sterling, owner of the Los Angeles Clippers of the NBA. It’s a recording of a conversation with his girlfriend in which he berates her for putting up a picture of herself with Magic Johnson.
Why are you taking pictures with minorities?” he demanded in the recorded conversation. “It bothers me a lot that you want to broadcast that you’re associating with black people. Do you have to?”
“You can sleep with [black people],” Sterling said. “You can bring them in, you can do whatever you want. The little I ask you is not to promote it [online] and not to bring them to my games.”
He went on to say that Stiviano should not only refrain from bringing Magic Johnson to games, but that she must not ever appear with him again “in your lousy f*cking Instagrams.”
The girlfriend doesn’t come off well either here. At the beginning of the conversation she actually says “I wish I could change the color of my skin” for this racist asshole. Ugh, seriously? Then why are you dating him? Yeah, I think we all know the answer to that. Sterling released an absolutely laughable statement to TMZ:
Sterling and the Clippers organization tell TMZ Sports, “We have heard the tape on TMZ Sports. We do not know if it is legitimate or if it has been altered.”
Really? You don’t? You were part of the conversation, Donald. Surely you can tell us whether you actually said what is on the tape or not. But he can’t do that because it’s obviously him, so he’s trying this weird “we just don’t know” posture that is going to fool no one.
The statement goes on … “We do know that the woman on the tape — who we believe released it to TMZ Sports — is the defendant in a lawsuit brought by the Sterling family, alleging that she embezzled more than $1.8 million, who told Mr. Sterling that she would ‘get even.'”
The wife of Clippers owner Donald Sterling filed a lawsuit Friday against a woman she alleged had a sexual affair with her husband.
The suit filed by Rochelle Sterling also alleged that the woman, identified in court documents only as V. Stiviano, was also given lavish gifts by Donald Sterling, including property and cash…
Stiviano reportedly met Sterling at the Super Bowl game in February 2010 and that same year began a sexual relationship with him, the suit states.
The suit asks for a return of all cash, land, expensive cars and other items that under California law are the community property of the Sterlings.
That isn’t embezzlement, not by a longshot. And it’s his wife accusing him of lavishing her with gifts, not a lawsuit by “the family” against her.
And the statement goes on, “Mr. Sterling is emphatic that what is reflected on that recording is not consistent with, nor does it reflect his views, beliefs or feelings. It is the antithesis of who he is, what he believes and how he has lived his life.”
And there’s this: “He feels terrible that such sentiments are being attributed to him and apologizes to anyone who might have been hurt by them.”
Oh, of course. That’s not him. Or rather, it is him when he doesn’t think anyone else is listening in.