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Donald Sterling Might Be a Racist

On Friday, TMZ released audio of L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling telling his 20-something girlfriend, V. Stiviano, that he doesn’t want her bringing black people to his games. The argument started when V. Stiviano posted an Instagram photo of her posing with Magic Johnson.

In the tape, Stiviano, who’s black and Mexican, is admonished by Sterling for being seen in public with a black person and daring to take pictures with minorities.

— “It bothers me a lot that you want to broadcast that you’re associating with black people. Do you have to?” (3:30)

— “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.” (5:15)

— “I’m just saying, in your lousy f******* Instagrams, you don’t have to have yourself with, walking with black people.” (7:45)

— “…Don’t put him [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.” (9:13)

On Sunday, Deadspin posted an extended clip showing how warped Sterling’s views of the world are and how he justifies owning an NBA team with black people.

V: I don’t understand, I don’t see your views. I wasn’t raised the way you were raised.

DS: Well then, if you don’t feel—don’t come to my games. Don’t bring black people, and don’t come.

V: Do you know that you have a whole team that’s black, that plays for you?

DS: You just, do I know? I support them and give them food, and clothes, and cars, and houses. Who gives it to them? Does someone else give it to them? Do I know that I have—Who makes the game? Do I make the game, or do they make the game? Is there 30 owners, that created the league?

Later on Sunday, The Clippers staged a silent protest as they warmed up before their playoff game. Players removed their warmup shirts revealing red t-shirts worn inside out hiding the team logos. They did play the game in their regular uniforms, however. Sterling wasn’t there to see it as he agreed to stay away due to the controversy.

In related news, Rochelle Sterling, Donald’s wife of 50 years, sued his mistress for millions she claims he spent on her. The lawsuit filed on March 6 alleges Donald used community property to lavish Stiviano with a 2012 Ferrari, two Bentleys and a 2013 Range Rover. However, Stiviano’s attorney doesn’t think this will fly.

In a court filing, Stiviano’s attorney, Mac Nehoray, argues that a gift cannot be revoked by the giver and that there is not “a peppercorn of a fact” that any fraud or undue influence was involved.

Nehoray further says that nowhere in the lawsuit does it say that “the feminine wiles of Ms. Stiviano overpowered the iron will of” Sterling, “who is well known as one of the most shrewd businessmen in the world.”

So, is Stiviano a gold digger who only dated Donald Sterling for his money? Uh, yea. I’m pretty sure that part was obvious. A 20-something model doesn’t date a guy who was around during the Neolithic era for love.

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