Another alleged Sterling recording released; attorney: It's legit
APR 28, 2014 3:13a ET
As yet another tape alleged to contain the voice of Clippers owner Donald Sterling making racist statements surfaced, the attorney of the woman who apparently made the recording told the Los Angeles Times on Sunday that the voice is that of Sterling, and that his client does not know how the tape was leaked to the media.
Attorney Mac Nehoray, who represents V. Stiviano, told the Times in an email that the voice is that of Sterling. Nehoray is representing Stiviano in a civil lawsuit filed against her by Sterling's wife Rochelle. Stiviano was reportedly Donald Sterling's girlfriend at the time of the recording.
In a statement then released to the media, Nehoray stated:
"My firm represents Ms. V Stiviano who is a named defendant in a civil action brought by Rochelle H. Sterling in the Central Civil Superior Court, County of Los Angeles. This office understands that the currently released audio tape of approximately 15 minutes is a portion of approximately one (1) hour of overall audio recording of Mr. Donald T. Sterling and Ms. Stiviano, and is in fact legitimate. Ms. Stiviano did not release the tape(s) to any news media. Due to the present litigation and its absurd allegations, which Ms. Stiviano vehemently denies, Ms. Stiviano and this office have no comments at this time."
The "absurd allegations" that Nehoray was speaking about include the Sterling family alleging that she embezzled more than $1.8 million. In the suit, Sterling's wife, alleges that her husband showered Stiviano with gifts such as a $1.8 million duplex in downtown L.A., a 2012 Ferrari, two Bentleys and a 2013 Range Rover, worth a total of more than $500,000. These gifts came from community property according to Sterling's wife, and since they were purchased without her consent, the suit demands their return as well as compensatory damages.
All of this happened on a day that began with Deadspin releasing what it called "The Extended Donald Sterling Tape. The recording, which Deadspin claims to be 15 minutes long, is much like the first, shorter recording released by TMZ earlier in the weekend, with the voice alleged to be that of Sterling upset with Stiviano for posting photos of herself with "black people" on Instagram, including NBA legend Magic Johnson and Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp.
Here is one exchange on the new audio released by Deadspin:
Stiviano: I don't understand, I don't see your views. I wasn't raised the way you were raised.
Male voice: Well then, if you don't feel—don't come to my games. Don't bring black people, and don't come.
Stiviano: Do you know that you have a whole team that's black, that plays for you?
Male voice: 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?
When the topic turned specifically to the Instagram postings:
Stiviano: Honey, if it makes you happy, I will remove all of the black people from my Instagram.
Male voice: You said that before, you said, "I understand."
Stiviano: I DID remove the people that were independently on my Instagram that are black.
Male voice: Then why did you start saying that you didn't? You just said that you didn't remove them. You didn't remove every —
Stiviano: I didn't remove Matt Kemp and Magic Johnson, but I thought —
Male voice: Why?
Stiviano: I thought Matt Kemp is mixed, and he was OK, just like me.
Male voice: OK.
And then the conversation turned to Jews in Israel, with the male voice apparently using the analogy to justify his stance:
Male voice: It's the world! You go to Israel, the blacks are just treated like dogs.
Stiviano: So do you have to treat them like that too?
Male voice: The white Jews, there's white Jews and black Jews, do you understand?
Stiviano: And are the black Jews less than the white Jews?
Male voice: A hundred percent, fifty, a hundred percent.
Stiviano: And is that right?
Male voice: It isn't a question—we don't evaluate what's right and wrong, we live in a society. We live in a culture. We have to live within that culture.
Stiviano: But shouldn't we take a stand for what's wrong? And be the change and the difference?
Male voice: I don't want to change the culture, because I can't. It's too big and too [unknown].
Stiviano: But you can change yourself.
Male voice: I don't want to change. If my girl can't do what I want, I don't want the girl. I'll find a girl that will do what I want! Believe me. I thought you were that girl—because I tried to do what you want. But you're not that girl.
Among the things said by the voice alleged to be Sterling in the originally released recording:
"It bothers me a lot that you want to broadcast that you're associating with black people. I'm just saying, in your ... Instagrams, you don't have to have yourself with, walking with black people."
Speaking directly about Johnson the voice said:
"Don't put him on an Instagram for the world to have to see so they have to call me. And don't bring him to my games."
According to a statement put out Saturday by Clippers president Andy Roeser, Sterling said that Stiviano would try to "get even" with him after this lawsuit was brought against her, so could this be her attempt to do so? Nobody knows for sure.
Roeser also said that while the team does not know if that is Sterling's voice on the tape, the comments do not reflect Sterling's "views, beliefs or feelings." Well, if it is him and he said those things, would that not be how he actually feels? Doesn't seem likely that someone would say all that for the hell of it, if indeed it is Sterling's voice.
The NBA is currently conducting a "full investigation" on the recording according to a statement that was put out.
"The remarks heard on the recording are disturbing and offensive," NBA spokesman Mike Bass stated, "but at this time we have no further information."
Yes, these are hateful comments and if it ends up proven to be Sterling, it will be interesting to see what the NBA decides a sufficient punishment would be.
What are your thoughts on the whole matter, and if you had to hand out a punishment, if in fact it is Sterling on that tape, what would it be?