Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling appears to have broken his public silence for the first time since the NBA banned him for life and fined him $2.5 million for making racist comments on an audio recording first released by TMZ.
Sterling spoke to DuJour magazine's Jason Binn, saying that he is not going to sell the team and that he is only willing to do interviews with the NBA and television reporter Barbara Walters. Sterling also told the magazine that he wished he would have paid off V. Stiviano.
Stiviano, Sterling's girlfriend who appears on the recording of his racist remarks, recently said she was ''very saddened'' by his lifetime NBA ban. Stiviano's lawyer claims she didn't release the audio of their conversation.
Sterling, who reportedly has been battling prostate cancer, has owned the Clippers for 33 years.
The NBA owners’ advisory/finance committee held its first meeting about Sterling via conference call to discuss ending his ownership of the team “as expeditiously as possible."
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