Fallout Continues For Donald Sterling
L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling was allegedly caught on tape spewing racist rants to his ex-mistress. INSIDE EDITION has a breakdown of the events.
Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling was seen for the first time on Sunday night since the release of those racist rants that are outraging the nation.
His wife, Rochelle, came to his defense as they left a Los Angeles restaurant that night, telling photographers "It's not true!"
Meanwhile, the ex-mistress who recorded the explosive tapes was out in public on Monday, wearing a bizarre visor over her face. Thirty-one-year-old V. Stiviano was picked up at her home by a male friend in an expensive Bentley that Donald allegedly gave her.
V. is an aspiring model who enjoyed a lavish lifestyle as the billionaire NBA owner's alleged mistress, looking hot sitting courtside.
V. Stiviano is not her birth name. She legally changed it in 2010 from Maria Vanessa Perez, saying she had not "yet been fully accepted because of my race."
Her Instagram page is filled with sexy pictures including one with NBA legend Magic Johnson that enraged Donald.
Donald said in the rant: “Admire him, bring him here, feed him, (blank) him, I don't care. You can do anything. But don't put him on an Instagram so the world to have to see so they have to call me. And don't bring him to my games, ok?”
The explosive 15-minute audio tape made public so far may be just the tip of the iceberg. Reports say V. has over 100 hours of recordings of the Clippers owner and that he has already contacted her asking, "How can we make this go away?"
The Clippers players staged a dramatic silent protest at Sunday night's playoff game, throwing their warm up jackets in center court and wearing their shirts inside out to hide the team's logo.
Sterling said this about his players in the audio tape.
V.: “Do you know that you have a whole team that's black that plays for you?”
Donald: “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?”
Kyle Wagner, staff writer at sports website Deadspin.com, told INSIDE EDITION, "That is just basically plantation rhetoric. And, because he came out so clearly on that, it really fills out his entire world view."
See What Else Wagner Told INSIDE EDITION about Sterling
Donald wasn't at the game Sunday, but his estranged wife, Rochelle, was at courtside.
In a strange twist, she defended him after they had dinner. Hours earlier, she denounced him in a statement, saying: “Our family is devastated by the racist comments made by my estranged husband. My children and I do not share these despicable views or prejudices. We will not let one man's small mindedness poison the spirit of the fans and accomplishments of the team in the city we love.”
Rochelle is suing his ex-mistress, claiming V. duped the billionaire into lavishing gifts on her, including a Ferrari, two Bentley's, a Range Rover and a $1.4million apartment in Beverly Hills. The vanity license plate on one of the Bentley's reads "V LOVE U."
In the lawsuit, Rochelle claims that V.: "engages in conduct designed to seduce, entice, cheat, cajole and/or receive as gifts transfers of wealth from wealthy older men whom she targets for such purpose."
On Fox and Friends, Donald Trump also blasted V saying, "He got set up by a very bad girlfriend. Let's face it, she is the girlfriend from Hell."
Donald Sterling is worth $1.9 billion, making him No. 974 on Forbes magazine's list of the World's Wealthiest People. A 2010 video was shot at his palatial Malibu mansion, where each year he throws parties that some have compared to The Great Gatsby.
Dave Zirin, author of Bad Sports: How Owners Are Ruining the Games We Love, told INSIDE EDITION he isn't surprised by Donald Sterling's racist remarks.
He said, "There is no doubt in my mind that Donald Sterling speaks this way all the time about African-American players, about all people of color, frankly."
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