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Donald Sterling (allegedly) : “I wish I had just paid her off”

May 2, 2014, 5:57 PM EDT

Donald Sterling, V. Stiviano Donald Sterling, V. Stiviano

It wasn’t too hard to grasp how this whole Donald Sterling racist audio tape going public happened: Sterling and girlfriend V. Stivianio (not her real name, and not how she defines her relationship with him, but I don’t think she’d like my definition of it either) are together for years, his wife Shelly gets fed up and sues Stivianio for $1.8 million, Stivianio lawyers up but when the case is not dismissed goes to Donald to get money/make it go away, he says no because he’s Donald Sterling, suddenly a few days later TMZ has the tape.

If you want confirmation that’s probably how it went down, look what Sterling allegedly told DuJour Magazine:

During an exclusive discussion with DuJour’s Jason Binn, Sterling expressed remorse for the way his situation’s unfurled. Speaking of girlfriend Vanessa Stiviano, who released to the media audio footage of Sterling on a racist tirade, Sterling says, “I wish I had just paid her off.”

Expect to hear more from Sterling, who tells DuJour he’s limiting himself to interviews with Barbara Walters and the NBA.

Stay classy, Donald Sterling.

The NBA is coming hard, trying to force Sterling to sell his franchise. He is expected to fight. This is going to get uglier before it gets any kind of resolution.

If you want to read a smart, very well researched piece on how all this went down, read Ramona Shelburne’s piece for ESPN. That is filled with real insights.

Sterling never seemed to fully understand that the walls were caving in on him. Saturday was his 80th birthday. He and his wife stayed in San Francisco the entire weekend. He was planning to go to the game on Sunday until Silver called on Saturday and asked him not to. Shelly sat courtside and later flew home on the team plane. Sterling and (Clippers team president Andy) Roeser, who has worked for him for over 30 years — first at his real estate corporation, then with the Clippers, watched the game together in San Francisco.

Roeser was in an impossible position. On the one hand, his job was to serve and counsel his boss. On the other, he knew what his boss had done and said was deplorable. Roeser hired an outside consultant to help craft a statement to respond to the tapes on Saturday. They discussed and weighed three different messages. The first was to cop to everything. Say that Sterling was sick, that he needed help, that he apologized and felt terrible for offending anyone. The second was to dispute the veracity of the tapes, question the motives of the woman on the tapes and why they were released, and argue that what’s said on them misrepresents Sterling’s true feelings. The third was to say very little except that the team would cooperate with the NBA investigation. Roeser felt the third message was the best option. Sterling did not. They went with defiance, and they stuck Roeser’s name on it.

  1. bballhistorian - May 2, 2014 at 6:02 PM

    Lesson here: Dont make your side-chick mad, because a woman scorned….

    • spursareold - May 2, 2014 at 6:17 PM

      Donald didn’t make her mad, Shel did. He even said himself that he should have just paid her to go away.

    • eugenesaxe1 - May 2, 2014 at 6:42 PM

      Will kick you square in the nuts?

    • goodtogo28 - May 2, 2014 at 8:06 PM

      or as honorable mayor marion barry said: “b*#^ch set me up”

    • void96eater - May 2, 2014 at 8:29 PM

      He didn’t throw enough D’s on this bish.

    • twinfan24 - May 2, 2014 at 8:52 PM

      Or, just don’t have a side-chick…

  2. antistratfordian - May 2, 2014 at 6:10 PM

    That’s his solution to everything. That is also why our system has been ineffective in punishing wealthy racist business owners. But his money isn’t going to get him out of trouble this time.

    • bucrightoff - May 2, 2014 at 6:48 PM

      He’s still gonna be a billionaire…still gonna slam gold diggers…he was a known racist before this…He might make a $900 million profit on the forced sale of the Clippers…what trouble again?

      • jollyjoker2 - May 2, 2014 at 10:25 PM

        yeah, he paid 25 million or something in 1981…oh, the billion dollar pain he is facing. He might want to take up a pity collection from the KKK.

    • vg777 - May 2, 2014 at 6:50 PM

      The trouble with the system is not about punishing…. Hell, NAACP was giving him awards.

      The real trouble, is the double standard that exists out there… Larry Johnson can say that there should be an all black league with impunity, but donald sterling can’t tell his side chick what to do.

      • musician0785 - May 2, 2014 at 7:45 PM

        White people complaining about double standards is hilarious

      • kinggw - May 2, 2014 at 7:52 PM

        There is nothing racist about Johnson pushing for an all black league. The fact that you find the two comments similar is troubling.

        I’m not worried about the blatant racists like Sterling, it’s the people like you that didn’t find anything wrong with his comments that scare me.

      • antistratfordian - May 2, 2014 at 8:10 PM

        The real problem is that our legal system is biased towards people with money – from things like our basic bail laws, to lawsuit settlements. Rich folk can buy their way out of legal jams that the rest of us cannot.

        This is what essentially has prevented Sterling from facing the music before now.

        If Larry Johnson was the owner of a large or public organization, or otherwise in a position to be disciplined for discrimination (being in a position of power), and offended enough people in the process, then he would get the same treatment.

        And look, the head of the LA chapter of the NAACP was forced to resign too. So there really isn’t a double standard in that regard.

      • asimonetti88 - May 2, 2014 at 8:33 PM

        kinggw – May 2, 2014 at 7:52 PM
        There is nothing racist about Johnson pushing for an all black league.

        I’m with you on the part about people not finding fault in Sterling’s statements, but what? How in the world is that not racist?

      • vg777 - May 2, 2014 at 8:36 PM

        there is nothing racist about johnson saying there should be an all black league? are u kidding me?
        If i said, there should be an all white league – i am a racist, immediately from the get go, not even an argument. But when grandmama says it, it’s up to debate apparently.

      • vg777 - May 2, 2014 at 8:43 PM

        i go to a predominantly black gym, and hear “white people” bashing on daily basis that’s worse than donald sterling said in the privacy of his own house. There absolutely is a double standard and the term reverse racism is moronic, as all racism is just that, racism.

      • musician0785 - May 3, 2014 at 3:14 AM

        Considering the years of inequality in my opinion much of it is deserved. But white people act like systematic institutional racism doesn’t exist……like it’s a figment of our imagination, and then you get a peek behind the curtain like in this incident. Black men have made him ridiculously wealthy, yet we see the feelings of superiority and cultural bias, simply because of skin color. Do you think Sterling is the only owner who has those views?

      • musician0785 - May 3, 2014 at 3:20 AM

        and the issue is not only what he believes, he has every right to believe whatever he wants, but he holds vast economic power and that combined the his racist views allow him to discriminate at almost a criminal level….and if you think he’s the only one with racist views you are sadly mistaken…….thats why when people say things like “playing the race card” its insulting….it implies that somehow we are overreacting to about 400 years of overt discrimination… but white people dont see it….for centuries minorities were held to a double standard and in many cases still are.

  3. nfl4days - May 2, 2014 at 6:14 PM

    she would probably take the money and release the tape anyways.

  4. spursareold - May 2, 2014 at 6:16 PM

    I said when this whole thing blew up that his wife lit the match by suing. The Europeans are so much more sensible about this stuff. Rich man fools around, wife ignores it. She has the legal and moral high ground, and there is no need to get into the gutter and fight with the other woman. Supposedly, VS got about $2M. That seems like a lot of money until you realize how much the Sterlins have. That was roughly one TENTH OF ONE PERCENT of what they have. If you were a middle class person with a net worth of maybe $100K in a house and savings, the equivalent about would be a hundred dollars. Now, they stand to lose hundreds of millions on taxes from the forced sale.

  5. psubeerman21 - May 2, 2014 at 6:16 PM

    Why does he care so much? He’s going to get almost a billion dollars from the sale! A BILLION DOLLARS. That is one hell of a golden parachute for a racist POS

    • phaden27 - May 2, 2014 at 6:24 PM

      It’s not about the money. The man is wealthy already. It’s about the status of owning a team in LA. In no way am I saying he’s right in what he’s doing, but he’s fighting they’re trying to take that away from him. There’s a side battle going on here too. If he wins he’ll think he can say whatever he wants and not suffer the consequences, if he loses or gives up he vindicates what everyone is saying about him.
      I just want him gone.

    • eugenesaxe1 - May 2, 2014 at 6:44 PM

      -taxes. You better believe everyone else is getting paid too.

    • vg777 - May 2, 2014 at 6:52 PM

      There is actually major tax implications with the sale of the team. If they force him to say, he has to pay capital gains tax which would amount to over 200 mil. If he passes it to next of kin via his will, they only have to pay a fraction of that tax.

      • phaden27 - May 3, 2014 at 12:37 PM

        Spaced that one! Thanks for the info.

  6. onlyavoice - May 2, 2014 at 6:27 PM

    He has an opinion, his views are that of many around the world. He didn’t publicly state those comments,
    they were unknowingly taped.
    He doesn’t have to make any public apology, but should, A.S.A.P.
    If I were him, I would fight also.
    I would also spare no expense on revealing the source, then prosecute to the max.
    Then again, I would just sell & die rick, while LMAO.

    • Kurt Helin - May 2, 2014 at 7:27 PM

      For the record, these were reportedly taped with his knowledge. He’s an old man on cancer meds who apparently forgot things so conversations were intentionally taped. At least that’s what she’s selling.

  7. bigtganks - May 2, 2014 at 6:33 PM

    I’m surprised he says anything to anyone. They’re all hitting “record” on their iphones before they walk in the room with him I’m sure.

  8. mrmcl - May 2, 2014 at 6:34 PM

    You have to cop to it, provide a fake apology, say you’re sick and then seek “treatment” (re-education). Society feels superior to you for about a week and moves on to the next dumb sap.

  9. pukpokito - May 2, 2014 at 6:36 PM

    I just hope he does not fight this anymore and make the transition easy for the next owner, the NBA and for everybody.
    Being reported that he has Prostate Cancer.How about an act of GOODwill and just let this go and sell?

    • jollyjoker2 - May 2, 2014 at 10:31 PM

      I hope he fights it to his death – this franchise is going to be worth a billion either way…If he croaks, the family doesn’t have to pay capital gain; instead just the gain from the time they inherit…its worth couple hundred million that the feds don’t get their hands on to waste on obamacare.

      • fanofthegame79 - May 2, 2014 at 11:23 PM

        …..Why in the world did you think you needed to twist this so far off of center just to make a political slight?

  10. teedraper - May 2, 2014 at 6:44 PM

    Idiots! Karma! Get out of the league you racist prick. I wish we could ban the rest of you racists from life

  11. muathjam21 - May 2, 2014 at 6:46 PM

    If only we’d release some secret private recordings of all the people hellbent on taking the team away from Sterling. I’m sure we’d hear nothing but nice things about people.


  12. nokoolaidcowboy - May 2, 2014 at 6:48 PM

    Wouldn’t be the first time he’s paid for it!

    • jollyjoker2 - May 2, 2014 at 10:33 PM

      Yeah, a lot of old horny geezers get it free from young gals.. Like mick jagger that spry 84 year old who dated a 46 year old suicidal maniac…

  13. thekingdave - May 2, 2014 at 6:48 PM

    That’s funny because Maria Perez(her real name, the media should start referring to her as this as opposed to her star seeking alter ego) has stated through her lawyer that she didn’t not record or leak the audio. Riggggghhhhht.

    • jollyjoker2 - May 2, 2014 at 10:28 PM

      TMZ shows up my door every morning ..don’t they do that in your house LOL.

  14. jolink653 - May 2, 2014 at 6:52 PM

    So essentially she coerced this statement out of him and released it as a giant middle finger to him and his family because they wouldn’t give her any more money. Proof that she just a money grubbing gold digger who isn’t too far away from being on the same level as Sterling morally and personality-wise. I knew it sounded like she was trying to walk him into some racist statements on those tapes. It’s a shame that people like her and Sterling exist

    • musician0785 - May 2, 2014 at 7:46 PM


      • muathjam21 - May 2, 2014 at 8:17 PM

        Probably. Why would she be recording him if she didn’t attempt to bait him into that type of conversation?

        He’s a senile old man, and is most likely jealous of her relationships of younger, more exciting (and black) men. And you’re a fool if you think she didn’t use this tape as a form of blackmail.

      • musician0785 - May 3, 2014 at 3:21 AM

        He said what he wanted to, she just happened to capture it, nobody coerced anything out of that man…

  15. jattsoorma - May 2, 2014 at 7:04 PM

    shoulda paid? no chit!

  16. kb2408 - May 2, 2014 at 7:06 PM

    He’s an old fool and she’s hideous. If I’m a billionaire, and I have a mistress on the side, you better believe she’s going to be drop dead gorgeous.

    • billtetley53 - May 2, 2014 at 7:41 PM

      What would your husband think of you having another guy on the side? You savage!

    • asimonetti88 - May 2, 2014 at 8:36 PM

      His wife is beat and old and still better looking! lol!

  17. remyje - May 2, 2014 at 7:10 PM

    how dare you compliment the mothership like that

  18. mudhead123 - May 2, 2014 at 8:20 PM

    Lesson here: don’t date minorities

    • void96eater - May 2, 2014 at 8:38 PM

      Everyone is capable of being a gold digger. Race and gender are irrelevant.

    • jollyjoker2 - May 2, 2014 at 10:27 PM

      No, don’t make a mistake when your dating trailer trash. They don’t understand anything past the next meal.

    • casualcommenter - May 3, 2014 at 5:34 PM

      Lesson here: Mudhead123 has never experienced the touch of a woman before.

  19. mazblast - May 2, 2014 at 10:53 PM

    “They went with defiance, and they stuck Roeser’s name on it.”

    Roeser could have been a man of principle and told Sterling he wouldn’t do it. Of course, Sterling would have fired Roeser on the spot for “insubordination”, overlooking the amount of dung Roeser has probably had to eat in 30 years of working for this vile “man”.

    It reminds me of a college friend who changed careers a few years after graduation, when he decided that he couldn’t stomach field sales anymore. His eventual new employer asked him how much he’d been making and he replied, “$XXX and all the pride I can swallow”. Evidently, Roeser’s prime attribute is how much pride he can swallow.

  20. kgsmith - May 3, 2014 at 10:56 AM

    and stll nothing done about the comment Larry Johnson made.. thank goodness there is not a double standard in society..

  21. Kansachusetts - May 3, 2014 at 11:03 AM

    What gets me is that there are so many people on this thread who pretend that former player Larry Johnson calling for an all-black league is somehow proportional to NBA owner Donald Sterling’s many disgusting acts of outright racism.

    This is the common tactic of people who just don’t understand race relations in America. Haters should go watch hockey.

  22. 1historian - May 3, 2014 at 1:40 PM

    Stay classy Kurt Helin

    What have we here? We have an 80 year old billionaire who is separated from his wife and is openly carrying on with a chick about 45 years his junior.

    Can you say ‘money-grubber’ boys and girls?

    BULLETIN – Us white folks lost the monopoly on racism long ago.

    This whole thing gets sillier and sillier. Even Obama seems to think we need his input. I await with baited breath some pronouncement from jumping joe biden and hillary clinton and elizabeth warren.

    Actually I’m not – I lied.

    This is all about MONEY. It is reported that Sterling is ill with prostrate cancer and a man of 80 who get that is in real trouble. Right now this is just silly, but when Sterling kicks off it’s gonna get REAL ugly.

    One more thing – nobody is making anybody buy tickets to NBA games, MLB games or NFL games.

  23. bbk1000 - May 3, 2014 at 4:02 PM

    Both Sterling and whatever she calls herself now are both garbage as far as I’m concerned…..

    He’s appears to have some deep rooted issues regarding race….she on the other hand would appear to be a common dog tick…..

    The world appears right somehow….they truly deserve one another….

  24. chicagosports2014 - May 3, 2014 at 6:18 PM

    Sound like he has no regrets!

  25. rcali - May 3, 2014 at 6:53 PM

    Good Luck Gold Digger! See you in Playboy! No rich guy is going to want to hang out with this liability.

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