Transcript for Donald Sterling's Bizarre Explanation for Racist Rant
to the bizarre, new twist in the evolving drama of Donald sterling, the now-notorious owner of the L.A. Clippers. Another audio tape comes to light, in which sterling provides a strange, new explanation for the racist comments that landed him in hot water in the first place. Were they motivated by jealousy and lust? ABC's Ryan smith has been covering this story from the jump. Just when you thought it couldn't get more strange. Reporter: That's right. The saga of Donald sterling continues. Good morning, Dan. It's been two weeks since his first racist rant -- since his racist rant got him banned from the NBA. Now, the embattled clippers owner is speaking out, sort of. He's confiding in another friend, in another recorded conversation. And sterling reveals what were his true intentions. In a newly-released tape, Donald sterling said racism wasn't the reason for the comments with V. Stiviano, it was jelly. I want her. So, what the hell, can't I in private tell her, you know, I don't want you to be with anybody? Reporter: Friday, radar online releasing a new recorded conversation, between sterling and a friend, with a stunning admission. I know I'm wrong. What I said was wrong. But I never thought the private conversation would go anywhere. Out to the public. Reporter: In that fateful conversation with stiviano, sterling made his thoughts clear about her associations with black people, like magic Johnson. It bothers me a lot if you want to broadcast that you're associating with black people. Reporter: In a new tape, confirmed to ABC news as authentic by a friend, sterling says he simply wanted to woo stiviano. You may say anything in the world. What difference does it make? Then if the girl tapes it and releases it, my god. It's awful. Reporter: Stiviano told Barbara Walters her relationship with sterling was many things. But not romantic. I was just feeling everything. I'm his confidant, his best friend, his silly rabbit. Reporter: Sterling, banned for life by the NBA, and under pressure to sell his team, remines defiant in another clip released by radar online on Thursday. You can't force someone to tell property in America. Reporter: But overnight, the team met with this man, former citigroup and Time Warner chief, dick parsons. Installed by the NBA as their new CEO. Where is his wife of 57 years, shelly, in all of this? She's staking her claim as owner of the team. Her lawyer tells ABC, she's a 50% owner. She's blameless in this controversy. And her husband is the problem. The clippers lost last night against the Oklahoma City thunder. They hope to get back on track on Sunday. Shelly looks like she wants to keep that team. For the fans, they want less silly rabbit, less drama and more basketball. That's why they have dick parsons there. Well-respected in the business community. Reporter: Get the team back online. Get the focus back on basketball, not on controversy. Great to have you back. There's other stories
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