Both Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling and V. Stiviano finally speak out for the first time since audio in which he made racist remarks leaked to the Internet.
Earlier Friday (May 2), the 80-year-old franchise owner was quoted by DuJour.com as saying he wished he had “paid off” Stiviano. The story said that Sterling “expressed remorse,” though no other quotes were provided.
Outside of the brief comment, Sterling has not spoken publicly since the NBA banned him for life and fined him $2.5 million earlier in the week.
Stiviano appeared on “20/20” on Friday night (May 2), telling Barbara Walters that Sterling needs to apologize.
“I think the things he says are not what he feels. Anybody can say anything in the heat of the moment,” she said. “I think Mr. Sterling is from a different generation than I am. I think he was brought up to believe those things. Segregation. Whites and blacks.”
She also added: “Through his actions, he’s shown he’s not a racist. Through his actions, he’s shown to be a generous and kind man.”
Furthermore, Stiviano claims that she’s not Sterling’s girlfriend or mistress, as widely reported, but rather his personal assistant or “right hand man,” as she put it.