V. Stiviano, President of the United States? Hardly. But a girl can dream I suppose, no? V. Stiviano, the 31-year-old mistress of sanctioned Clippers owner Donald Sterling, made the bizarre comment to reporters today as she was awkwardly roller skating around in her driveway, shares the Hollywood Reporter. Stiviano secretly recorded Sterling’s shockingly racist rants that earned the Los Angeles Clippers owner a lifetime ban from the NBA.
“One day, I will become President of the United States of America, and I will change the legislation and laws,” Stiviano said, wearing a very strange looking visor that resembled a welder’s mask. “Modern day history. Civil rights movement,” she said. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver fined Sterling $2.5 million and laid a permanent ban on the owner after his rank attack-comments on African-Americans was aired. As far as what "legislation" our female POTUS would change... who knows?
Media has been encamped outside of Stiviano’s home yesterday and today. With the paparazzi tracking her every move, Stiviano’s lawyer, Mac Nehoray, told the Los Angeles Times that Stiviano did indeed record Sterling’s anti-black rant, but also said that his client had nothing to do with turning the taped conversation over to gossip website TMZ.
Nehoray also said Stiviano was not in a sexual or othwerise romantic relationship with Sterling, despite the fact that it seems obvious to everyone that she was. Sterling has been married to his wife Rochelle for over 50 years. "It's nothing like it's been portrayed," Nehoray said. "She's not the type of person everyone says…. My client is devastated that this got out.” Rochelle Sterling filed a lawsuit against Stiviano in March in order to reclaim “gifts” given to her by Sterling – a $2 million dollar apartment, luxury vehicles, jewelry and cash.
Reports the LA Times:
Stiviano's lawyer said his client was a hardworking young woman who supported herself as a waitress and who volunteered to help crime victims before signing on to work as an archivist for Sterling. He did not elaborate on what the archivist job entailed. Stiviano also helped Sterling manage his charities, a job her attorney said she greatly enjoyed and now misses.
Formerly known as Maria Vanessa Perez, Stiviano petitioned to change her name to “V. Stiviano” in 2010. She was relatively unknown until the racist rant aired. In the taped recording obtained by TMZ, Sterling was heard telling Stiviano that he did not want her associating with "black people" or bringing them to games with her and him.
"You can sleep with (black people). You can bring them in, you can do whatever you want," Sterling says. "The little I ask of you is... not to bring them to my games… I’m just saying, in your lousy [expletive] Instagrams, you don’t have to have yourself with [them], walking with black people… Don't put him [Magic Johnson] on an Instagram for the world to have to see so they have to call me. And don't bring him to my games."
According to TMZ, Sterling has a documented history of allegedly racist behavior. Sterling has twice been sued by the federal government for allegedly refusing to rent apartments to Blacks and Latinos.