Donald Sterling and V. Stiviano Speak out on Racist Conversation That Led to Ban

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistMay 2, 2014

ABC News

Updates from Sunday, May 4

Marianne Garvey and Brian Niemietz of the New York Daily News are reporting there was a verbal altercation between Donald Sterling and V. Stiviano prior to Stiviano's interview with Barbara Walters: 

“He’s screaming at her in the elevator, ‘You’re a media whore!’ She sat there quiet and didn’t say a word,” our tipster says. “Then he looks at her and says, ‘Get off this f---ing elevator! Get off this elevator and shut the f--- up!’”

Our elevator-riding spy says Stiviano, who had been trying to persuade Sterling to sit down with Walters, then pressed a “random button” and got off the elevator on the 15th floor of the hotel, disappearing as the doors closed.

Sterling, meanwhile, continued his rant to a male friend, who appeared to be on his legal team.

“He was yelling, ‘She’s f---king crazy! I can’t deal with her! She’s nuts!” says our source.

The disgraced Clippers owner then rode the elevator to the lobby and stormed out of the hotel.


Original Text

Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling has finally broken his silence following his lifetime ban by the NBA, and he's remaining defiant until the end.

Sterling's firestorm has all been sparked by tapes that were leaked to TMZ and Deadspin, on which Sterling was caught making racist comments to his then-girlfriend, V. Stiviano.

Rather than display some sort of contrition in the days following those leaks, he told DuJour magazine, "I wish I had just paid her off," per Turner Sports' Rachel Nichols:

Sterling also told DuJour that he will only do in-person interviews with the NBA and Barbara Walters. ESPN's Bomani Jones found what small humor there is in this:

ABC News provides details from Walters' interview with Stiviano:

In the interview, Stiviano characterized Sterling's current state of mind as "confused."

"I think he feels very alone, not truly supported by those around him. Tormented, emotionally traumatized," she added.

ABC's Ben Sherwood provides more comments from the interview:

20/20 shares Stiviano's view of Sterling as it pertains to racism:

Tim Reynolds of the Asociated Press provides details on Stiviano's financial agreement with Sterling and outlines groups of people Stiviano claims upset the Clippers owner:

What was already an ugly situation will likely get even uglier over the coming weeks and months. Going by the quote to DuJour, Sterling doesn't appear to be in a position where he's ready to admit any wrongdoing. In addition to that, he's prepared to take on the league and the ban it handed down:

As soon as the lifetime ban was announced by league commissioner Adam Silver, many wondered how quickly Sterling would lodge an appeal. He has never shied away from litigation in the past, and few, if any, owners would sit idly by and let a league take his or her team away.

This was all made slightly more complicated when the New York Post broke the news that the Clippers owner is battling prostate cancer. His health added yet another layer to the story:

The NBA's advisory/finance committee met on Thursday to discuss whether or not to oust Sterling from ownership, per A final decision isn't expected until at least next week.

In order to allow himself or his family to maintain a hold on the team, USA Today's Brent Schrotenboer reported that if Sterling files for divorce from his wife, Rochelle, it could throw the Clippers ownership into disarray, giving the league even more headaches.

While the fans want to see an immediate resolution, it will likely be a long time until everything is sorted out. Until that happens, everyone should be prepared for a battle from both sides.