Stiviano’s lawyer says she is “very saddened” by Sterling’s lifetime NBA ban.
He also says that she didn’t release the recording of their conversation.
“She never wanted any harm to Donald,” said lawyer Siamak Nehoray of Calabasas speaking to the Los Angeles Times.
Somebody released it “for money,” but it wasn’t Stiviano, the attorney said.
“My client is devastated that this got out,” he said. source
The Los Angeles Clippers owner was apparently upset with Stiviano for posting photos online of herself with Lakers Hall of Famer Magic Johnson and Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp.
Nehoray went on to tell the Times that Stiviano and Sterling didn’t have a romantic relationship.
“It’s nothing like it’s been portrayed,” the lawyer said. “She’s not the type of person everyone says.”
She was a hard-working waitress and did volunteer work helping crime victims before becoming an “archivist” for Sterling, he said. “She had no association with any rich people before this.”
In the now infamous audio recording, the Clipper’s owner can be heard saying, “It bothers me a lot that you want to broadcast that you’re associating with black people. Do you have to?”