Our sources say ... Sterling is keenly aware V. Stiviano is in possession of more than 100 hours of recordings ... some of which are extremely damaging to Sterling's reputation.
As for why Stiviano taped so many conversations ... as TMZ Sports reported, she told friends the Clippers owner WANTED her to record him and he knew he was being recorded ... partly because he frequently forgot what he said and the tapes refreshed his memory ... at least that's her story.
NBA Takes Action
The original tape, in which a string of racist remarks come from a voice allegedly belonging to Sterling, was published by TMZ early Saturday morning. It has dominated NBA news since then, and President Barack Obama, Michael Jordan and Magic Johnson have all spoken out strongly about it. So has Bette Midler. There is now immense public pressure for Sterling to be punished and for him to sell the team. Johnson is reportedly interested in buying it.
Stiviano is being sued by Sterling's wife, Shelly, and TMZ speculated that she is seeking a settlement, as "the incentive for Sterling is to make sure the rest of the tapes never see the light of day."