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V. Stiviano ‘Devastated’ Sterling Tapes Were Leaked, Lawyer Says

by Chris Lingebach
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Team owner Donald Sterling of the Los Angeles Clippers and V. Stiviano watch the San Antonio Spurs play against the Memphis Grizzlies during Game One of the Western Conference Finals of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at AT&T Center on May 19, 2013 in San Antonio, Texas. (Credit: Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Team owner Donald Sterling of the Los Angeles Clippers and V. Stiviano watch the San Antonio Spurs play against the Memphis Grizzlies during Game One of the Western Conference Finals of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at AT&T Center on May 19, 2013 in San Antonio, Texas. (Credit: Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON (CBSDC) - A lawyer for V. Stiviano, responsible for the private recording of racial comments which led to Clippers owner Donald Sterling receiving a lifetime NBA ban, says she was “devastated” the tape got out, but the lawyer and his client “have an idea” who leaked it to TMZ, according to the Los Angeles Times.

According to the report, Stiviano’s lawyer, Mac Nehoray, said his client was not Sterling’s mistress, and instead, had been working as an archivist for the Clippers owner, and their conversations were recorded “by mutual agreement.”

Nehoray also told the LA Times “someone released it for money.”

“She was very saddened by the news,” Nehoray told the LA Times, “she never wanted any harm to Donald.”

The recorded comments, which landed Sterling at the center of this controversy and forced the NBA’s hand in delivering harsh punishment, featured Sterling scolding Stiviano for associating with African-Americans, including Magic Johnson, and were leaked by TMZ over the weekend.

On Tuesday, NBA commissioner Adam Silver announced Sterling would receive a lifetime ban from attending games and/or practices, will no longer be able to participate in any business or player personnel decisions involving his team, and will be forced to pay a $2.5 million fine for holding views which “simply have no place in the NBA.”

Furthermore, Silver said he will urge the NBA’s board of governors “to exercise its authority to force a sale of the team.”

For the lawyer’s full statement to the Los Angeles Times, click here.

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