The Donald Sterling saga continues to get uglier. The banned Clippers owner has been defending his racist comments in multiple ways, some of which are disturbing. The most recent justification: he said those things to convince V. Stiviano to sleep with him, according to TMZ.
Sterling is telling friends ... he was so desperate to bang Stiviano, he was willing to say ANYTHING to get her to consent to some old man humpin' ... and no man should be judged by what he says to get laid.
You'll be stunned to learn that this tactic didn't work.
Earlier in the week, an audio recording of Sterling denying that he is a racist surfaced on Radar Online and was independently confirmed by ABC News. Sterling tried to use his personal history to defend himself.
"I mean, how could you think I'm a racist knowing me all these years?" he asks his friend. "How can you be in this business and be a racist? Do you think I tell the coach to get white players? Or to get the best player he can get?"
[...] "I grew up in East L.A ..." Sterling explains. "I was the president of the high school there. I mean, and I'm a Jew! And 50% of the people there were black and 40% were hispanic. ... So I mean, people must have a good feeling for me."
Sterling also expressed dismay that nobody tried to get his side of the story and later added that "you can't force someone to sell property in America."
Nevertheless, the league will continue its push to find a buyer for the Clippers. Former Time Warner head Richard Parsons is expected to be named the club's new CEO. The next step is dealing with Shelly Sterling's share of the club, which she reportedly does not want to give up.