Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling spoke out for the first time since he was suspended for life by the NBA this week for his racially charged comments on an audio recording.
In an interview with Los Angeles lifestyle magazine DuJour, Sterling mentioned his regret in how he handled V. Stiviano, the girlfriend with whom he was speaking when the recording that could end up costing him the team was made.
“I wish I had just paid her off,” Sterling told the magazine.
The magazine had yet to release any other comments from the billionaire businessman. DuJour reported that Sterling showed remorse while speaking with a reporter. He added that he would only do future interviews with the NBA or Barbara Walters.
The NBA’s next move is to force Sterling to sell the team. Three-quarters of the team’s owners are required to gain approval to move forward. Sterling is expected to fight any attempts at a forced sale through litigation.
The New York Post also reported late Thursday night that the 80-year-old Sterling is battling prostate cancer.
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