The attorney of V. Stiviano, the woman heard in the tapes that contain racist remarks attributed to Clippers owner Donald Sterling, released a statement on Sunday that calls the rant “legitimate” and claims that Stiviano did not release any recordings to the news media.
“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,” said attorney Mac E. Nehoray in the statement. “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.”
An earlier statement, issued Saturday by the Clippers, maintained that Sterling was not the one in the audio.
TMZ Sports released tapes on Friday night of an alleged conversation between Stiviano and Sterling. In it, they were reportedly arguing over an Instagram photo that Stiviano had posted on her Instagram account of herself posing with Magic Johnson.
“It bothers me a lot that you want to broadcast that you’re associating with black people,” a man identified as Sterling says on the tape. “You can sleep with (black people). You can bring them in, you can do whatever you want. The little I ask you is not to promote it … and not to bring them to my games.”
Clippers president Andy Roeser said on Saturday that Stiviano is the defendant in a lawsuit filed by the Sterling family that claims she embezzled more than $1.8 million.
Sterling has seen considerable criticism since the tapes came out, with the NAACP dropping plans to give him a lifetime achievement award at a May 15 banquet.