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Stiviano sheds visor for Barbara Walters interview; says she’s Sterling’s “silly rabbit”

May 3, 2014
Barbara Walters interviews Vanessa Stiviano on ABC's 20/20   (photo credit:  ABC handout)

Barbara Walters interviews Vanessa Stiviano on ABC’s 20/20 (photo credit: ABC handout/via Reuters)

Friday night on ABC’s ‘20/20’, Vanessa Stiviano, who now wishes to be known as V. Stiviano, was interviewed by Barbara Walters about her relationship with Donald Sterling.  Stiviano legally changed her name to the more Italian-sounding Stiviano because she felt that being a self-described black Latina; she was never accepted by society.

Walters pulled off the gloves early and asked, “Are you in love with him?”  Stiviano said she loved him.  Walters said, “that’s not exactly what I asked you.  Are you in love with him?”  After all this scandal, Stiviano said no she is not in love with him, but she does have love for him and sees him as a father figure.

Walters asked if Stiviano was still in contact with Sterling.  Stiviano said that she had just left Sterling and he was in a sad, confused and lonely state.  Stiviano said she doesn’t know why things happened the way they did, but she feels that she was put in Sterling’s life by a higher power.  She said her mission is to help guide him back to the right path.

Stiviano said that she started out being paid as Sterling’s personal assistant.  Later she started being paid off the books, hence the gifts such as the Ferrari and two Bentleys.  She said that she is his wingman, right arm, and helper.  She described herself as his “silly rabbit” because she likes to make him laugh.

Stiviano said that Sterling was overwhelmed by the situation of many negative people calling him saying derogatory things about her and that led to his frustrated outburst.  Walters asked what kinds of things people were saying to upset him.  Stiviano said that it wasn’t necessarily just about blacks or men.  She said people told Sterling that she was hanging around with gangsters, thugs, and fat women.  She said that Sterling did not think these types of people were a “good look” for her.

Stiviano said that she always tried to make sure Sterling talked to the right people, and she made sure that he only said the right things.  Walters asked Stiviano did she think Sterling should apologize.  Stiviano said that she does think he should apologize.  But when Walters asked is he going to apologize, Stiviano said that only God knows.

Stiviano says that people only heard the controversial parts of the recorded phone call.  She said they would see the type of good person Sterling is if they heard everything.  Stiviano said the world would think differently about poor Sterling if they could hear the over 15 hours of taped conversations.  Walters asked almost everything but the elephant in the room.  Did Stiviano routinely record conversations she held with Stiviano and, if so, what were her intentions?

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Basketball Commissioner swings the Pete Rose bat; Sterling banned for life

April 29, 2014
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver announced at a press conference today that Donald Sterling is banned for life!   (photo credit:  Elsa/Getty Images)

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver announced at a press conference today that Donald Sterling is banned for life! (photo credit: Elsa/Getty Images)

It’s really too bad Donald Sterling and a Philistine named Samson couldn’t have talked, but they were separated by hundreds of years.  Samson and Delilah could have been the modern day Donald and Vanessa.  How ironic that both of these powerful men were brought crashing down by women who happened to be outside of their own ethnicity.  Today NBA Commissioner Adam Silver announced that Sterling is banned from basketball “for life.”

This all stems from a leaked recording, which no one admits to leaking, of an argument between married Sterling, 80, and his lady friend Vanessa Stiviano, 38, on April 7th.  Sterling was disappointed and embarrassed that people had called him regarding a picture Stiviano had posted of herself, basketball legend Magic Johnson, and another woman on Instagram.  The three were fully clothed and innocently smiling at the camera.  But what infuriated Sterling was that Stiviano had posed with a black man.   During the phone conversation, Stiviano calmly led Sterling down a yellow brick road of admitting he sees blacks as the “enemy” and asking Vanessa not to bring them to his games.

Of course the late night talk show hosts were all over it.  Last night Jimmy Fallon said that even Mel Gibson told Sterling, “hey man, that’s just going too far.”  The ban for life means that Sterling can no longer have an active role in the leadership of the Los Angeles Clippers or any NBA team ever again.  In addition to the ban, Silver announced that the commission has fined Sterling $2.5 million.

As of right now, Sterling still retains ownership of the Clippers, but it has been reduced to a mere ceremonial title.  He cannot make any money or brand affecting decisions regarding the team.  But the story doesn’t end there.  It takes a two-thirds majority of all of the NBA team owners to vote out another owner.  Commissioner Silver is in talks with the other owners at this time to see if they want to move in that direction.