Stiviano, the woman on the other end of the conversation when Sterling went on a taped racist rant, told the ABC News personality that “only God knows” if the Clippers owner will apologize for his words. Asked if she was in love with Sterling, she answered she loved him like a father, but was not in love with him.
The interview, for 20/20, is Stiviano’s first since Sterling received a lifetime ban from the NBA after audio of him making racist remarks surfaced last week. She said she did not believe he is a racist.
“I think Mr. Sterling is from a different generation than I am. I think he was brought up to believe these things … segregation, whites and blacks,” Stiviano said. “But through his actions he’s shown that he’s not a racist. He’s shown to be a very generous and kind man.”
Sterling has not spoken publicly about the incident, though he was quoted by DuJour magazine saying “I wish I had just paid her off,” apparently in reference to Stiviano, to whom he has been romantically linked. He reportedly made the comment to Jason Binn, the founder and publisher of DuJour, which ran the single comment in a short news item.