The Donald Sterling controversy takes another twist as V. Stiviano, Sterling’s alleged girlfriend, is making the rounds on the talk shows. She reportedly told ABC’s Barbara Walters during an interview on Friday that she doesn’t believe Sterling is a racist, but there’s no question that he must apologize for his comments.
“Through his actions, he’s shown he’s not a racist. Through his actions, he’s shown to be a generous and kind man,” Stiviano said on “20/20,” according to ESPN.
Along with that comment, she also stated that she “absolutely” believes Sterling needs to apologize for his hurtful remarks. Clearly, a majority of the country is in agreement with her on that. The fact that Sterling has yet to officially comment on what he said and why he said it is disturbing in itself. If Stiviano claims he’s not a racist, and he reportedly says the same thing, then the only explanation must be that he’s lost his mind. Apparently, that’s a realistic possibility.
“I think the things he says are not what he feels. Anybody can say anything in the heat of the moment,” Stiviano said. “I think Mr. Sterling is from a different generation than I am. I think he was brought up to believe those things. Segregation. Whites and blacks.”
Whether he was brought up in a different generation is irrelevant. His comments about minorities have no place in the year 2014, which is exactly why the NBA took action to ban him from having any part in the Los Angeles Clippers. The league recognizes what the rest of us do, which is that people such as Sterling must be taken down a notch. Even though I don’t agree with how his comments came to light, I certainly agree that he was very wrong for what he said.
Maybe Sterling isn’t a racist after all, even if the evidence stacks up against him. One thing is for sure, he definitely needs to make a formal apology for his outrageous remarks.