MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The alleged recordings of Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling were obtained by Radar online.
They allegedly reveal Sterling talking to an old friend on the phone after his racist rant went public.
“You think I’m a racist?” Sterling is allegedly heard saying. “You think I have anything in the world but love for everybody? You don’t think that.”
Sterling is allegedly heard talking about his background growing up in Southern California.
“I grew up in East L.A…. You die to get out of there. I got out of East L.A. I was the president of the high school there, and I’m a Jew. 50% of the people there are black and 40% were Hispanic. You ever been to Boyle Heights? So people must have a good feeling for me.”
The voice is also heard asking how a racist could own an NBA team.
“How could you think I’m a racist knowing me all these years? How can you be in this business and be a racist? Do you think I tell the coach to get white players? Or to get the best player he can get?”
Sterling is allegedly heard expressing regret that NBA great Magic Johnson did not stick up for him.
Sterling was heard on the original secret recordings chastising his girlfriend V. Stiviano for being photographed with Johnson and for inviting black people to Clippers’ games.
“It breaks my heart that magic Johnson a guy I respect so much wouldn’t stand up and say well let’s get the facts let’s get him and talk to him. Nobody tried.”
Finally, Sterling showed signs that he won’t give up his team without a fight.
“You can’t force somebody to sell property in America. I’m a lawyer and that’s my opinion.”
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