The wife of Clippers owner Donald Sterling released a statement Sunday denouncing an audio recording allegedly capturing the billionaire making racist statements.
In her statement told to ESPN's Lisa Salters, Rochelle Sterling said that while she had not listened to the entire recording, she did not condone "those statements that you heard."
“I do not believe in them. I am not a racist. I never have been, I never will be," she said. "The team is the most important thing to my family.”
Two websites posted recordings over the weekend that they identify as a conversation between Donald Sterling and a female friend. A person the websites identified as Sterling can be heard castigating the friend for associating with blacks — even though Sterling's team and the league it plays in are 80% African American.
The NBA is investigating the remarks, which have yet to be authenticated, and a decision on possible punishment for Sterling is expected soon. Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson, a former NBA player who serves as an advisor to the league's players union, said the harshest possible sanctions must be considered by the league.
"when life gives you lemons..throw them at someone"...Grumpy Cat