Sunday, July 21, 2024

Clippers Scandal: Sterling Donates Yearly to Black Charities, GF’s Name is Not “V Stiviano”


UPDATE: This doesn’t excuse Donald Sterling from anything he’s done or said. But it’s interesting to note that he’s donated money annually to at least two black charities a year, sometimes three.

Also his girlfriend’s name is not “V. Stiviano.” No one’s name is “V. Stiviano” in the United States. In fact no one with the last name of Stiviano is any phone book. It seems like that’s a corporate name this woman took for a t shirt and cap company. Her real name is either Monica Gallegos or Maria Perez.

As for Sterling: in 2010, 2011, and 2012 at least, he donated $10,000 to both the Black Business Association and the United Negro College Fund. In 2011, at least, he donated $5,000 to the Los Angeles chapter of the NAACP. Does that not make him a racist? I have no idea. But that’s what’s in the filings, for better or worse.

By the way, his wife Rochelle must have a full time legal staff. She’s constantly in L.A. Superior Court about something.

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