December 21, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling greets fans before the game against the Sacramento Kings at the Staples Center. Clippers won 97-85. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA Today Sports Images

Donald Sterling Says He Didn't Know He Was Being Recorded

Here is an interesting contrast in stories: in the Anderson Cooper interview on CNN, Donald Sterling said he was unaware that ex-girlfriend V. Stiviano was recording their conversation that led to his immediate downfall.

Cooper: Let’s start by talking about the tape. Did you know you were being recorded?
Sterling: No. Of course not. Of course not. No.
Cooper: Do you know when it was recorded? Were you together in a room with V. Stiviano?
Sterling: Yes, well I remember some of the dialog in the living room.
Cooper: So it was just you and her in the room?
Sterling: Just the two of us, yes.
Cooper: So you didn’t know she was recording or there was a recording device?
Sterling: No I didn’t. She was recording and she was talking so strange all of a sudden.

In regards to the conversation, it was reported by TMZ that V. Stiviano was purposely recording Sterling’s conversation, referring to archives as a reason why.

A source connected with V. Stiviano tells TMZ Sports … the full conversation lasted approximately 1 hour.  We’re told Stiviano insists it was clear to Sterling at the beginning of the conversation he was being recorded.

What’s more … our sources say Stiviano routinely recorded her conversations with Sterling as HIS “archivist.”  And what’s more … she would regularly play the tapes back to him because he would often forget what he had said.

At this point we don’t know who to believe, but it’s hard to be convinced by a man who, in the exact same interview, is telling the world he isn’t racist after history precedes him and makes his statement and apologized marked in the b.s. category. This entire situation is just mind boggling. We attempt to act as if this kind of person doesn’t exist and everyone once and a while, more often that I’d like, one jumps in our face and reminds us that bigots and racists do exist, publicly or in privacy.

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