Donald Sterling Considers Suing The NBA Using Paula Deen’s Lawyer, Talks V. Stiviano
Having been banned for life by the NBA and on the verge of being forced to sell his team Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling may be preparing to try and strike back. Word is the the banned and beleaguered octogenarian is in talks with major L.A. law firms to sue the NBA and may be hiring Paula Deen’s former lawyer to do the job.
TMZ reports that Sterling has contacted several law firms, including the Glaser Weil. Paula Deen hired Patty Glaser to defend her in the now-infamous Uncle Bubba’s Seafood and Oyster House case, during which Deen admitted to using racial slurs such as the “N” word. Sterling can sue the league if three-quarters of the league’s Board of Governors vote to force him to sell, reports USA Today.
In other Sterling news, Sterling has finally made his first public remarks since the controversy began. And the remarks were about his former girlfriend and noted visor wearer, V. Stiviano.
“I wish I had just paid her off,” Sterling told DuJour magazine, a Los Angeles lifestyle publication, confirming what many likely believed was the impetus for Stiviano’s tape recording. “The quote is the only one released thus far from what the magazine calls an exclusive discussion,” reports USA Today. The magazine says that Sterling would only talk to them and Barbara Walters. However, Stiviano sat down with Barbara Walters and, in the intro to the interview that’s being broadcast, Walters says Sterling pulled out of the interview after much wrangling. After listening to the interview, you kind of wish Stiviano had also. This gem when asked to describe her relationship with Sterling: “I’m Mr. Sterling’s right-hand arm man. I’m Mr. Sterling’s everything. His confidante. His best friend.”
The first 10 minutes of the interview is here.