Donald Sterling has yet to speak to the media about the controversy surrounding him, including the lifetime ban and $2.5 million fine handed down to him by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver on Tuesday.
But the woman at the center of a national controversy, 31-year-old V. Stiviano, broke her silence Friday in an interview with ABC News’ Barbara Walters.
Stiviano is the alleged mistress of Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling. She spoke with Walters about the now-infamous recording she made – but claims she didn’t leak – of her conversation with Sterling in which the 80-year-old billionaire made racist remarks about black people.
Stiviano noted that there were several other occasions between her and Sterling similar to the taped incident. ‘‘This was one of very many,’’ she said. ‘‘Part of what the world heard was only 15 minutes. There’s a number of other hours that the world doesn’t know.
"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," Clippers President Andy Roeser said in a statement last month.
In the fallout from that recording, Sterling could also be forced to sell the Clippers should enough NBA owners vote in favor of him doing so. Sterling is poised to profit tremendously from selling the Clippers. He purchased the team in 1981 for $12 million, and it is now worth $575 million, according to CNN.