Donald Sterling’s “friend” V. Stiviano said Friday that the L.A. Clippers owner should apologize for his racist comments, according to an exclusive interview with ABC’s Barbara Walters .
A recording was leaked to TMZ last week in which Sterling allegedly tells Stiviano that she shouldn’t bring any black people to Clippers games.
Sterling has since been banned from the NBA for life and charged a $2.5 million fine.
In the interview, Stiviano says the recording released wasn’t the first time Sterling had make racist remarks. She said she did record conversations she’s had with Sterling and would show her friends – it was a friend who leaked the audio.
“There’s been a number of occasions where Mr. Sterling and I had conversations just like this one. This was one of very many,” she told Barbara Walters . “Part of what the world heard was only 15 minutes. There’s a number of other hours that the world doesn’t know.”
Stiviano – who insists her relationship with Sterling was just professional and calls him a “father figure” – says she doesn’t think Sterling is racist, despite his comments. He’s just from a different generation and was brought up with different beliefs, she says.