V Stiviano won't cooperate, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver told the media on Donald Sterling's 80th birthday on Saturday, April 26. “It’s all about Sterling’s girlfriend [V Stiviano], who has no plans to cooperate with the NBA,” reports NewsOXY on April 27. Allegedly, the refusal to answer any questions about the nine-minute and 26 second audio tape recording that has thrown Sterling in hot water has nothing to do with the recording or his racist comments, but with ongoing litigation against Sterling’s girlfriend by his estranged wife.
The lawsuit against Stiviano was filed by Sterling’s wife, Shelly Sterling, and claims that V. Stiviano embezzled $1.8 million from her husband. Sterling’s girlfriend claims that everything she got from the 80-year-old man was a gift. According to an Orange County Register report, Saturday was Sterling's birthday. He was born on April 26, 1934. From one human being to another -- "Happy 80th Birthday, Donald Sterling!"
Is it really a coincident that at the time a lawsuit has been filed against V. Stiviano, an audio tape appears that recorded a private argument between Sterling and his young girlfriend? The recording was released by TMZ Sports on April 25 and contains quite a few racial comments about minorities, in particular, African-Americans.
At the heart of the argument between the old man and his young girlfriend is a picture that V. Sterling posted on her Instagram page. The photo, which by now has been taken down, shows the young girl in the company of Magic Johnson. In response to the photo, Sterling can be heard saying that he does not want his girlfriend to appear with other men in pictures and he does not want her to bring them to his games. Are the words that can be heard in the above audio video the words of a racist man or a jealous old man?
As previously reported, the taped conversation between the two is interesting to listen to because to some listeners, it seems that the focus on minorities was “prompted” by the girl while the man on the tape seems to be more upset about his girlfriend being with other men. Since the Instagram photo had shown Magic Johnson, of course Sterling talked about an “African -American.” But was Sterling upset about another man or about a “Black Man?” Listeners might want to decide for themselves by listening to the tape rather than reading only the headlines of the main media.
Following the publication of the recording, Sterling, who owns the Los Angeles Clippers, has been thrown into media hell. As reported by Reuters, countless celebrities have condemned Sterling over his racist comments. NBA great Michael Jordan said in a statement: "I am appalled that this type of ignorance still exists within our country and at the highest levels of our sport. In a league where the majority of players are African-American, we cannot and must not tolerate discrimination at any level.”
The Los Angeles chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) cancelled its plans for the following month to award Sterling for a second time with its lifetime achievement award. Even President Obama spoke up about the audio tape and said that the comments were "incredibly offensive racist statements.”
Not jumping on the bandwagon of condemning Sterling (for now) is Clippers President Andy Roeser who issued a statement on Saturday saying he had listened to the recording on TMZ, and that the authenticity of the tape is still in question. "We do not know if it is legitimate or if it has been altered. We do know that the woman on the tape - who we believe released it to TMZ - is the defendant in a lawsuit brought by the Sterling family," he said.
Until the release of the devastating audio recording, very little was known about V. Sterling who describes herself as being of Latino and black heritage. Before she posted the photo on her Instagram page that started the “race war” with Donald Sterling, and before she gave TMZ (allegedly) the recording, the girl (who is said to be in her twenties) “flooded the web with scorchin' hot photos showing off the perks of dating an NBA owner.”
Of course, V. Stiviano won't cooperate with the NBA. Why should she? Even though Mac Nehoray, a representative from her law office, told NBA Commissioner Adam Silver that the recording had nothing to do with the pending lawsuit by Sterling’s estranged wife against Stiviano, one has to wonder. On her Instagram page, Sterling’s ex-girlfriend writes, “V Stiviano One day I will look back at Instagram & say,’I've been there & I've done that.' I do it all. Artist, Lover, Writer, Chef, Poet, Stylist, Philanthropist.” -- Philanthropy evidently stops where the buck begins, even on an old man's 80th birthday.