V. Stiviano broke her silence about Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling’s racist comments in a new interview on Friday.
Sterling was recorded while telling his ex girlfriend Stiviano not to publicly associate with black people, including Magic Johnson, and not to bring them to Clippers games. It was leaked more than a week ago.
"There's been a number of occasions where Mr. Sterling and I had conversations just like this one,” Stiviano told Barbara Walters on ABC’s “20/20.” This was one of very many. Part of what the world heard was only 15 minutes. There's a number of other hours that the world doesn't know."
Does the 31-year-old think he should apologize for the things he said? “Absolutely.”
Does she think he is a racist? No.
"I think Mr. Sterling is from a different generation than I am," she said. "I think he was brought up to believe these things … segregation, whites and blacks. But through his actions he's shown that he's not a racist. He's shown to be a very generous and kind man."
Stiviano added, "I think he's highly more traumatized and hurt by the things that he said himself. I think he can't even believe or understand sometimes the thing he says, and I think he's hurt by it. He's hurting right now."
Since the audio recording leaked (supposedly by a third party), Sterling, who is reportedly battling cancer, has been banned from the NBA, fined $2.5 million and could be forced to sell the Clippers.