As if things couldn't get any worse for Donald Sterling, the Los Angeles Clippers owner continues to have more audio leaked about the situation regarding racist comments he made to ex-girlfriend V. Stiviano. This time, the latest audio is about how Stiviano duped him into blackmail and once again that he's not a racist, but rather that Stiviano is.
The three audio files are from Ryan Parry of the Daily Mail, and can be found below.
The leaked audio captures Sterling talking to a longtime friend, according to Parry:
The secret recordings were made by Sterling’s long time friend, a black hip hop artist called Maserati, who says he leaked the phone conversation, because, in his view, the Clippers boss crossed the line.
The tapes, recorded just four or five days after the scandal broke, paint a very different picture to that presented to CNN host Anderson Cooper in an interview on Monday night.
He discusses his desire to be romantically involved with Stiviano and described his desperation to do so as a "weakness." He also details how Stiviano "lured [him] into a trap" when discussing how they met.
Sterling goes on to talk about the fact that Stiviano is the true racist, per Parry:
[She] bleaches her skin and wishes she was white. ... She tried so hard to make her skin white. She did it every night – her feet and her hands. She asked me 'did I like black skin?' I really didn’t think about the color of her skin.
‘I will never go with a black guy.’ Sterling added: ‘Then I said don’t bring any to the games. I’m so stupid…I was just jealous.
In what he describes as a "desperately trying to bed" Stiviano, Sterling suggests the comments he made were in attempt to do whatever he could to do so.
Sterling, 80, is clearly trying to make things better, but he continues to baffle with his comments.
There is truly no way out for Sterling at this point, but he continues to work toward rectifying the situation. He was given a lifetime ban by the NBA following the release of his first audio recording with Stiviano.
Since that point, Sterling has pleaded for pitty from the NBA owners and fans, as he did an exclusive interview with CNN's Anderson Cooper on Monday night.
Needless to say, he continues to simply put his foot in his mouth rather than help the situation, as he went on a personal attack toward Magic Johnson and made additional surprising statements.
Sterling shared his supposed grief over the fact that a woman he loved would defy him on Cooper's special, per Yahoo! Sports:
Sterling: "I thought that woman really cared for me. But thank God this has all come to the light. This could have been worse." #AC360— Yahoo Sports (@YahooSports) May 13, 2014
Yet his efforts continue to upset those around the NBA. While the comments about Stiviano are about how much he loved her and was in disbelief over her actions, his outlandish comments about Magic Johnson were surprising and head-scratching, per Cooper:
As for the public's response to his recent comments in the public, Dan Wetzel of Yahoo! shares his thoughts on the atrocious job Sterling has done:
Known as a slum lord and an all-timer cheapskate NBA owner, it's clear Donald Sterling didn't spend money on PR consultants either— Dan Wetzel (@DanWetzel) May 13, 2014
This long fight by Sterling likely isn't over. Despite the fact that he keeps digging a deeper hole publicly, the Clippers owner will continue to fight to keep his share of the franchise.
His public persona worsens daily as he makes desperate attempts to save face. Though he feels he was tricked into this entire situation, making comments about players like Johnson and trying to smear Stiviano's name won't help his case.
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