Barbara Walters may be retiring from television in a couple weeks, but that doesn’t mean she’s phoning it in these last few days. On Friday, the journalist known for landing big, exclusive interviews added another name to that list: V. Stiviano, the woman whose recording of a racist rant by Donald Sterling led to the Los Angeles Clippers owner receiving a lifetime ban from the NBA.
“I think Mr. Sterling is from a different generation than I am,” Stiviano, 31, told Walters in a 20/20 interview that aired last night. “I think he was brought up to believe these things…segregation, whites and blacks. But through his actions he’s shown that he’s not a racist. He’s shown to be a very generous and kind man.”
The conversation in question involves Sterling, 80, scolding Stiviano, instructing her not to “promote” images of herself with black people, including basketball legend Magic Johnson, or bring black people to Clippers games. Stiviano’s attorney claims a third party leaked the recording of that conversation, which led to NBA Commissioner Adam Silver banning Sterling from the league, fining him $2.5 million, and urging other owners to force him to sell the team. READ FULL STORY