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Below is the rush transcript of "This Week" on May 4, 2014. It may contain errors.


ANNOUNCER: Starting right now on ABC's This Week, firing back...

BARBARA WALTERS, ABC NEWS ANCHOR: Is Donald Sterling a racist?

ANNOUNCER: The mystery woman behind that NBA race scandal breaking her silence. Will Donald Sterling be forced to sell? NBA hall of famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar joins us live.

Smoking gun? The White House releases a secret Benghazi email. Republicans call it proof of a coverup.

Then, Al Franken in his first Sunday interview.

And we're behind the scenes at the White House correspondence dinner.

BARACK OBAMA, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: The House Republicans actually give John Boehner a harder time than they give me, which means orange really is the new black.

ANNOUNCER: From ABC News, This Week with George Stephanopoulos begins now.


STEPHANOPOULOS: Good morning, everyone. It is a happy one in Los Angeles where after a week of chaos and controversy the Clippers came from behind late last night to beat the Golden State Warriors, keep their playoff hopes alive. The big question now, who will run the team. Will Donald Sterling be forced to sell.

We're learning this morning that the NBA is poised to name a new Clippers CEO. And ABC's Ryan Smith is tracking it all from L.A. Good morning, Ryan.


Clippers fans out here in force last night to celebrate their team's big win to move to the next round of the NBA playoffs. And while the team's fortunes are on the rise, the fate of their team's owner still hangs in the balance.


SMITH: After a week of scandal, a moment of celebration for Clippers nation. But now, V. STOUFFER:, the woman at the center of the controversy surrounding the Clipper's owner Donald Sterling, is speaking out in an exclusive interview with ABC's Barbara Walters.

WALTERS: Is Donald Sterling a racist?

V. STIVIANO, DONALD STERLING'S GIRLFRIEND: No. I don't believe it in my heart.

SMITH: Will he apologize?

STIVIANO: Only god knows.

SMITH: Sterling had silent since he was banned from the NBA for life this week over his racist remarks caught on tape by Stiviano.

But he broke his silence Friday, telling Du Jour magazine, quote, "I wish I had just paid her off."

While Sterling's offensive remarks may now cost him his team, his history of alleged racial discrimination has been thrust into the spotlight. Sterling was sued in 2006 by the Justice Department for discrimination against minorities in his rental properties, settling for a record $2.7 million in 2009.

Darryl Williams (ph) is a former tenant who sued Sterling for forcing him out of his apartment.

DARRYL WILLIAMS (ph), SUED DONALD STERLING: So basically you be tricked into being -- into be evicted. And they all happened to be people of color.

SMITH: But while Sterling's remarks have sparked outrage, recent surveys showed the discriminatory views are still widespread. Some 28 percent of white Americans says it's OK to discriminate when selling a home, whole 40 percent say whites are more hard working than blacks.

And some see hypocrisy in the backlash over Sterling's comments now.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: His reprehensible comments documented in court about housing discrimination caused zero outrage. But let the man get caught in a private conversation, now we want to get outraged and run him out of basketball? It's a joke.


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