Donald Sterling, V. Stiviano Speak Out

A glimpse into the relationship of the LA Clippers owner and his personal assistant.
6:52 | 05/03/14

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We want to get straight to that ABC news exclusive interview this morning. Barbara Walters sitting down with V. Stiviano, the woman who set off the scandal that has engulfed Donald sterling, the no now-notorious owner of the L.A. Clippers. What a way to go out. In this interview, you hear stiviano fluctuate between defending sterling and demanding he apologize for the rant she caught on tape. We're going to play you some of the key moments from the exchange with Barbara in a moment. First, let's go to Ryan smith, who has been covering this story all week from Los Angeles. Good morning to you. Reporter: Good morning, Dan. Good morning, bianna. Finally, Donald sterling and his former campaign on, V. Stiviano speaking out. Opening up a mysterious window into their relationship. Los Angeles clippers owner, Donald sterling and the woman who taped his racist rant, V. Stiviano, finally breaking their silence. Sterling says, I wish I had just paid her off. In an exclusive interview with Barbara Walters, stiviano described the embattled owner's state of mind, after speaking with him just minutes earlier. I think he feels very alone. Tormented. Reporter: It was a week ago Friday, in the middle of the NBA playoffs, that the 80-year-old billionaire became what now some call the most hated man in America, because of his hate-filled comments caught on tape by the website TMZ. It bothers me a lot that you want to broadcast that you're associating with black people. Reporter: All seemingly set off by a photo stiviano took with NBA legend, magic Johnson, posted on her instagram. Don't put him on instagram for the world to see so they have to call me. Reporter: A private conversation between sterling and stiviano, going viral. Drawing near-instantaneous, scathing reaction. Johnson took up the task immediately. He has to give up the team. If he doesn't like african-americans and you're in a league that's over 70% african-americans. Ding, ding, ding. Reporter: On Tuesday, NBA commissioner, Adam silver, handed down one of the staunchest punishments in sports history to sterling. I am banning Mr. Sterling for life. Reporter: As the players protested sterling's comments, he went into seclusion. And his wife, shelly sterling, maintained her presence and defense of her husband. Are they true? Forget it. It's not true. Not true? No. Of course not. Reporter: But released a statement in an attempt to distance herself from the controversy, stating, quote, our family is devastated by the racist comments made by my estranged husband. Meanwhile, stiviano seemed to set a new bar for strangeness. Spotted all over town, making the full-face visor famous. I want to be very, very polite. I got California rolls from koi, for you guys. Reporter: And tonight, right here at the staples center, one of the biggest games in clipper history. A win or season over game for the golden state warriors with a trip to the western semifinals on the line. Drama on and off the court. The players won after having such a good season, as well. Ryan, our thanks to you. We want to get to Barbara Walters' exclusive one-on-one with the woman at the center of the scandal, V. Stiviano. Her first interview since she recorded Donald sterling making the phone call. Is Donald sterling a racist? No. I don't believe it in my heart. I think the things he says are not what he feels. Anyone can say anything in the heat of the moment. Sometimes in the heat of the moment, you say things -- That you mean. That you mean. Or that you felt. Do you think he should apologize? Absolutely. Do you think he will apologize? Only god knows. I want to go through some of the things that he has said and get your comment on them. He said to you, about black people, you can sleep with them, you can bring them in, you can do whatever you want. The little I ask you is not to promote it on that and not to bring them to my games. Mr. Sterling allowed me to bring whomever I wanted. And in a case when Mr. Sterling wasn't there, people would call him and tell him that I brought a certain amount of people. And that they look like a certain way. Black people? Not just black people. Well -- V. Brought gangsters or V. Was hanging out with thugs. Or V. Was hanging around with bad women. Or with fat women. This wasn't the first time. There's been Numbers of occasions where Mr. Sterling and I have had conversations like this one. It was just one of the very many. And we were just sharing information with one another about how he felt and how I felt. In one of your recorded conversations with sterling, you said, I wish I could change the color of my skin. I was being cynical and sarcastic. I see. I wanted to get him to see what he was doing to me, what he was doing to himself. I think he was brought up to believe those things. What things? Segregation. Uh-huh. Whites and blacks. Minorities. You said that Donald sterling is emotionally traumatized. From what? From everything. From everyone. He's hurt. I think he's highly more traumatized and hurt by the things he said himself. What advice are you giving Donald sterling now? I just want him to come to his senses. I want him to believe it and feel it and to generally feel apologetic to the world. I'm giving him the advice that he should apologize to the nation, to the world, for his racist remarks. Truth is, these conversations were in private. Nevertheless, they became public. And because they did, a lot of people have been hurt by it. His wife, his children, his grandchildren, his team, his fans, myself included. Fascinating to watch. And of course, there's so many more questions. Why is she defending sterling? What is the nature of their relationship? Romantic or financial? Right. And Barbara will be asking those questions and much more coming up in our next half hour, when we bring you some of the other key moments from her exclusive interview. Including the fact that she says sterling refers to her as a silly rabbit.

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