V. Stiviano, the woman whom Donald Sterling was talking to when he made racist remarks, is “very saddened” by his lifetime NBA ban, and she didn’t release the recording of their conversation, her lawyer said Tuesday.
Stiviano “never wanted any harm to Donald,” Siamak Nehoray of Calabasas told the Los Angeles Times.
Stiviano’s lawyer, Mac Nehoray, told the Times that his client is “devastated that this got out” and that “someone released it for money.” With the words “this” and “it,” Nehoray of course refers to the recording of a disturbing, racially-charged conversation between Sterling and Stiviano that TMZ obtained.
Nehoray also told the Times, despite reports of Stiviano being Sterling’s “mistress,” that it’s not at all the case.
“It’s nothing like it’s been portrayed,” Nehoray said of their relationship. “She’s not the type of person everyone says.”
Sterling’s estranged wife, Rochelle, filed a suit against Stiviano last month to reclaim various amenities the team owner had given her under the job title “archivist.”
If Stiviano didn’t want the recording to be released, it’s unclear what her intentions were, as it’s illegal to record somebody without consent in California.
Nehoray also said his client “never wanted any harm to Donald.”
But the release of the recording resulted in Sterling’s exile and the “saddened” Stiviano joins the Clippers and an entire sports community disappointed and bothered by the situation.