During a recent phone conversation, that was reportedly recorded without his knowledge, a “long-time friend” of the L.A. Clippers owner interrogates Sterling about the racist remarks he made several weeks ago, asking his mistress V. Stiviano not to bring black people to his games.
In the new recording, Sterling can be heard ranting against the NBA and saying that no one can force him to sell his team.
“You think I’m a racist? You think I don’t have love in the world for everybody? You know I’m not a racist! … I grew up in East L.A., dying to get out of there. I was the president of the high school there. and I’m a Jew! And 50% of the people there were black and 40% were hispanic so people must have a good feeling for me … I didn’t talk to anybody. I’m in my house in Beverly Hills but how can you think I’m a racist, knowing me? How can you be in this business and be a racist? You think I tell a coach to get white players or the best players you can get? … I don’t expect anything from anybody but I do from you but it breaks my heart that Magic Johnson, a guy that I respect so much wouldn’t stand up and say, ‘Lets get the facts. Let’s talk to him and get the facts. Nobody tried! … You can’t force someone to sell property in America. I’m a lawyer, that’s my opinion.”