Donald Sterling’s Assistant Speaks Out

V. Stiviano tells Barbara Walters that she does not believe in her heart that the L.A. Clippers owner is a racist.
2:35 | 05/05/14

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The latest on the L.A. Clippers after that comeback win the team starts round two of the playoffs tonight but the distractions continue as embattle the owner Donald sterling hunkers down, his former girlfriend is speaking out exclusively to ABC news and Ryan smith has the story. Reporter: The NBA has just announced that it will appoint an interim CEO to oversee the management of the L.A. Clippers. A team that owner Donald sterling must stay away from for life. Overnight, clippers coach doc rivers telling ESPN's Michael Wilbon how he kept his team going amid the controversy. I told them I'm going to support you whatever you do. Let's just do it together. Reporter: But this weekend much of the talk was about V. Stiviano, sterling's former companion and personal assistant who recorded the tapes of sterling's now infamous racist rant. In an exclusive interview with ABC's Barbara Walters. Stiviano broke her silence. Is Donald sterling a racist? No. I don't believe it in my heart. I think he feels very alone, tormented and I'm forced to come to his rescue because he can't rescue himself. Have you heard him say derogatory things about minorities in general and blacks in particular? Absolutely. You've heard him say derogatory thing. Yes. Don't they sound racist to you. I think the things he says are not what he feels. Anyone can say anything in the heat of the moment. Reporter: Stiviano keeping the media abuzz since her boss' epic rant was first made public making the full-faced visor famous. Why the visor? I'm hurting. I'm in pain. It's easier to mask the pain. I'm Mr. Sterling's everything. I'm his confidante, his best friend, his silly rabbit. His what? His silly rabbit. His silly rabbit. Is that what he calls you? No, what I call myself. Are you in love with Donald sterling? I love him. I'm not sure that's what I asked. Are you in love? No, I'm not in love. You love him, what, like a friend, romance? I love him like a father figure. I'm giving him the advice that he should apologize to the nation, to the world for his racist remarks. Reporter: And Donald sterling's wife shelly sterling who was at the game said in a statement she supports the NBA's swift action. Robin. All right there Ryan, thank you very much. But what matters on the court, they're moving on. They sure are. To Lara in the social square.

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