Sports News Without Fear, Favor or Compromise
Sports News Without Fear, Favor or Compromise

While Donald Sterling spurned his date with Barbara Walters, V. Stiviano did appear on 20/20 this evening and told the ABC host that she believes the banned Clippers owner "comes from a different time," but is not a racist—and that they are still a couple. Other revelations: Sterling's been paying her off the books, and that he's "emotionally traumatized."

BW: You just left Donald Sterling. What is his state of mind right now?
VS: Confused. I think he feels very alone. Not truly supported by those around him. Tormented. Emotionally traumatized.

BW: Can you tell us about your relationship with him?
VS: I'm his right-hand arm man. I'm his best friend, his confidant. His silly rabbit.
BW: His what?
VS: His silly rabbit.

BW: Let me ask this. Do you and Donald Sterling have a financial arrangement? Does he pay you?
VS: Yes. he started paying me as an employee, and then off the books.

BW: Is Donald Sterling a racist?
VS: No, I don't believe that in my heart.
BW: Have you heard him say derogatory things about other races?
VS: Yes.
BW: Don't those sound racist to you?
VS: I think the things he says are not what he feels.

Stiviano averred that many of the problems that sparked the disagreement heard on the recording came from the Sterling company board's disapproval of her prominent role "when it comes to the NBA team."


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