The saga of Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, who on Tuesday received a lifetime ban from the NBA (as well as a $2.5 million) for his purported racist comments on a secret recording, continued Wednesday with the fallout after the landmark announcement by NBA sheriff — make that commissioner — Adam Silver.
Hey Big Spender
Despite having a net worth of $1.9 billion, from 2010-2012, the charity of the soon-to-be-former-owner of the Los Angeles Clippers only donated $5,000 to the Los Angeles chapter of the NAACP, which announced this it would be withdrawing a lifetime achievement award for the real estate mogul after his racist rants were made public, RadarOnline.com is exclusively reporting. From 2010-2012 according to tax documents reviewed by RadarOnline.com, Sterling only donated $5000 to the Los Angeles chapter of the NAACP in 2010. Tax records for 2013 aren’t available yet, because a tax extension was filed according to the CFO for the Donald T. Sterling Charitable Foundation.
Earlier this week, a rep for the Los Angeles NAACP did reveal Sterling had recently made a “very small donation” but said it was being returned. The rep declined to say how much money Sterling’s donation had been. However, Sterling did donate $10,000 during that tax period to the Black Business Association and the United Negro College Foundation. Among the other charities Sterling did give to: the Museum of Tolerance & Los Angeles Museum Of The Holocaust ($10,000 each from 2010-2012); the UC Regents ($20,000), Salvation Army ($10,000), Beit T’ Shuvah ($10,000), Catholic Education Foundation ($10,000) and Para Los Ninos ($10,000) from 2010-2012. In 2010, Sterling donated $450,000 to his charitable foundation, which dispersed the funds to various non-profits; in 2011, the foundation received $350,000, and in 2012, got $330,000. Officers of the Donald T Sterling Foundation are Donald Sterling as president, estranged wife, Shelly Sterling, vice president, Douglas Walton, secretary, and Darren Scheid as chief financial officer. None were paid for their services.
Two outlets — NBC and TMZ — lost control of the ball, so to say, in misreporting the punishment to be meted out of the octogenarian owner. NBC’s initial report — broadcast and tweeted via NBC, MSNBC and CNBC — claimed Sterling was fined $5 million (double the amount of the actual penalty) and said Sterling would be banned indefinitely from the association. Network correspondent David Gregory conceded the news dept.’s “initial reporting was shy of what Silver ultimately decided.” As for TMZ, the outlet was more cautious than its’ peers at the Peacock, phrasing each report with “tentatively.”
The Other Woman
Vanessa Stiviano, the woman who was chatting with Sterling in the tape in question, said she’s “very saddened” by the fallout, she said through her attorney, Calabasas-based Siamak Nehoray. The woman “never wanted any harm to Donald” and “devastated that this got out,” her lawyer said, noting that money exchanged hands in the sale of the tape, but that Stiviano was not involved. Stiviano, 31, seemed to be enjoying her newfound celebrity Tuesday, rollerskating in Los Angeles with a visor on as paps caught her every move.
‘We Are One’
The ramifications of Sterling’s ouster were not felt on the hardwood Tuesday, as the owner-less team fought back to a 113-103 win in their playoff win over the Golden State Warriors for 3-2 edge in the hotly-contested best-of-seven series. Tea, leader point guard opened up about the emotional evening for the team and its’ supporters, saying, “We have a tough locker room, all of us are tough, but it almost brought out tears to your eyes just to feel the support from the fans.” The team’s website Tuesday featured a black graphic with the logo and phrase, “We are one.”
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