V. Stiviano’s Attorney Says Donald Sterling Recordings Are ‘Legitimate’

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.

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  1. Francisco Javier says:

    Another stupid American racist more. I think there are a lot more to uncover.

  2. Private conversations should have never been made public.

  3. If Sterling’s racist views were so openly known or at least easy enough to discover why is it that we are suddenly collectively repulsed by the man and insisting that he be removed as owner and inspire American’s African American population to rebel?

    Is it about our realization that it’s just not about racism anymore but classism as well, as to who gets ahead in America, who gets to be rich, like Sterling (the epitome of rich) that so many in the US are hanging on by a thread.

    But where’s the shame at the NBA who supported all this, other fellow owners, even the players, the sponsors, the media who abets it and of course other Black super stars who just profit from it too….

    http://scallywagandvagabond.com/2014/04/donald-sterling-los-angeles-clippers-owner-racism-complicity-supported/

  4. Pat says:

    I really feel like this has blown way out of proportion. Yes he said some hateful ignorant things. Yes he got baited into saying hateful things by the way she was using this recording obviously to extort. The jewish black comments were bad and how he feels the world he lives in views minorities. But he does say he respects magic and that he likes minorties. Either way good job media and people who just want to stir the pot. The Clippers fans/Players are the ones that are gonna get hurt the most by this. Sterling will croak soon and live his life out having whatever he wants besides a nba team

  5. Tommy says:

    She didn’t release the recording? She blatantly trolled the old man and now she’s lawyered up? It seems very fishy. I’m not sure what is worse an old racist which is minutes away from his funeral or a Gold Digging Whore wh obviously doesn’t love this man but loves his money. Both can eat crap

  6. I2Q says:

    I think that V. Stiviano is very brave and has a good heart and Donald Sterling should not live his life by laws that cause others to suffer, even if the society allows it.

    I2Q

    http://www.ink2quill.com

    • Pat says:

      I think she is just as much if not more to blame them him. Come on now.. Extortion and baiting/ recording personal conversation is against the law you know. I thought we had freedom of speech, and if we don’t atleast in our own homes. This is worse then racism. Its a bunch of people who want to gang up on someone and comment more hateful things because thats just how people are

  7. emenot says:

    Doesn’t she have to pay give taxes for all those expensive gives?em

  8. emery myers says:

    Another example that racism is alive and well in American and the world! This guy is no better than Cliven Bundy!

    • emenot says:

      If I was him, I would sell everything worth billions and life like a king in a more racial stable country. Cease all contributions to all. Sterling doesn’t need anybody, everybody need him!

      • emery myers says:

        I can see your point. I just don’t understand how a man that is in his position treats his girlfriend that way and is racially inappropriate or just flat out racist. Racism is a problem in the U.S. still. It is a travesty that Black Americans still have to put up with this.

    • big daddy D says:

      Who?

      • Ed says:

        Keep the focus on Sterling. He’s even worse. A former lowlife personal injury lawyer (ambulance chaser, like John Edwards) For years he’s been known in the sports world as the tightest and worst of the franchise owners. Everything is about money and control to him. Including that young gal! In answer to another guys question above, “how could he be racist and still have this girlfriend?” She’s not really his girlfriend, she’s his…literally, or was! That’s how a man like him sees it!

      • emery myers says:

        Donald Sterling and Cliven Bundy…two rich white guys that think they are above Black Americans and have said so outright! Cliven thinks Black Americans would be better off as slaves. Google him. He’s a racist pig.

      • big daddy D says:

        I just read about him. Sounds like another racist FOX douchebag to me.

      • emery myers says:

        Cliven Bundy, Sean Hannity’s favorite racist. If you do a search, you will see all kinds of info on this idiot.

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