Donald Sterling Has One Regret In Life: “I Wish I Had Just Paid Her Off”

 Donald Sterling, V. Stiviano

Los Angeles Clippers (former?) owner Donald Sterling has broken his silence after his secretly recorded racist rant was leaked to TMZ on April 25. But instead of apologizing for his racist remarks, Sterling told DuJour Magazine he wishes he had “just paid her off,” referring to his ex-mistress V. Stiviano.

In the audio clips, Donald Sterling allegedly tells his then-girlfriend (or professional “archivist” as she calls it) V. Stiviano “Don’t come to my games. Don’t bring black people, and don’t come.” Sterling goes on to tell his girlfriend (who is half black) to stop “associating with black people,” including basketball legend Magic Johnson.

The gist of Donald Sterling’s argument is that people will have a hard time forgetting that she is mixed race if she’s constantly hanging out with her non-white friends, especially publicly and especially at his team’s games – although she is allowed to sleep with black guys for some reason. The gist of her argument is that she can’t deny her heritage and not hanging out with black people at NBA games is kinda hard to do…

Anyways, once the clips were released, Sterling’s life began to unravel.

First, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People announced it rescinded his lifetime award. The head of the Los Angeles chapter of the NAACP later resigned over the shame of ever having considered Donald Sterling for such an award considering his super racist past.

Sterling HecklersThen the sponsors started pulling out. Virgin America and CarMax announced they are ending their sponsorship of the Los Angeles Clippers in light of Sterling’s racist remarks. Insurer State Farm, which uses Clippers point guard Chris Paul in commercials, also said it is “taking a pause” in sponsorship.

Next up, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver banned the embattled Clippers owner from the league for life and fined him $2.5 million for the racist remarks. After confirnming Sterling was the voice on the tape, Silver announced Sterling will not be involved with games or practices, offices and facilities, or any team business matters.

“The views expressed are deeply offensive and harmful, that they came from an NBA owner only heightens the damage and my anger,” Silver said.

But Sterling’s punishment didn’t end with a lifetime ban.

Silver said he is pushing the NBA Board of Governors to force Sterling to sell the team, which requires the approval of three-quarters of the board. On Thursday the 10-member NBA advisory committee unanimously agreed to begin terminating Mr Sterling’s ownership.

“The committee unanimously agreed to move forward as expeditiously as possible and will reconvene next week,” said NBA executive vice president Mike Bass.

Assuming the board votes in favour of ousting Sterling, a number of celebrities have expressed interest in purchasing the sports team. And this is where Donald Sterling’s worst nightmare comes into play: a black woman owning his basketball team!

ESPN reports Oprah Winfrey (along with David Geffen, Larry Ellison and a few others) is considering making a bid to buy the Los Angeles Clippers if Sterling sells.

The only thing Sterling has going for him now is his battle with prostate cancer – which means his ban from the NBA could be a lot shorter than he expected.

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