Report: NBA lawyers authenticate Sterling audio recording

Donald Sterling has been at the center of a firestorm since the recordings leaked over the weekend.

 

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Two NBA lawyers have authenticated the audio recordings purportedly of Clippers owner Donald Sterling making racially charged remarks, TMZ reports.

The lawyers heard the 15 minutes of leaked recordings but not the remaining 45 minutes that have not been released, according to the report.

V. Stiviano, Sterling’€s alleged mistress, was reportedly present at the meeting for the purpose of authenticating the tape.

The NBA is planning a Tuesday news conference to discuss the investigation.

NBA spokesman Mike Bass said additional details will be announced, though it’s unclear when that may happen.

The news conference is a clear sign NBA Commissioner Adam Silver — in the first real crisis of his short tenure — is both following through on his plan to move quickly on this matter and adhering to a request from the players’ union for some sort of resolution in short order.

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The Clippers host Golden State on Tuesday night in Los Angeles

The Associated Press contributed to this report.