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.
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:
When the topic turned specifically to the Instagram postings:
And then the conversation turned to Jews in Israel, with the male voice apparently using the analogy to justify his stance:
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?