A recently released 15-minute version of the alleged conversation between Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling and his reported girlfriend shows the beleaguered longtime NBA executive – if this is indeed proved to be him, as many have presumed – to be just as inscrutable and misogynistic as he is racist and downright clueless.
The tape, first obtained by Deadspin on Sunday morning, includes a conversation that alleges Sterling asked his girlfriend to take pictures of African-American friends off her Instagram account. V. Stiviano, who is half African-American herself, seems baffled as to the degrees and generalizations behind Sterling’s alleged racism, and Deadspin’s find produced these strange nuggets:
Man: It's the world! You go to Israel, the blacks are just treated like dogs.
Woman: So do you have to treat them like that too?
Man: The white Jews, there's white Jews and black Jews, do you understand?
Woman: And are the black Jews less than the white Jews?
Man: A 100 percent, fifty, a 100 percent.
Woman: And is that right?
Man: It isn't a question—we don't evaluate what's right and wrong, we live in a society. We live in a culture. We have to live within that culture.
Woman: But shouldn't we take a stand for what's wrong? And be the change and the difference?
Man: I don't want to change the culture, because I can't. It's too big and too [unknown].
Then there’s this lovely bit of plantation-esque rationalization, coming from a voice alleged to be that of Sterling:
Woman: I don't understand, I don't see your views. I wasn't raised the way you were raised.
Man: Well then, if you don't feel—don't come to my games. Don't bring black people, and don't come.
Woman: Do you know that you have a whole team that's black that plays for you?
Man: You just, do I know? I support them and give them food and clothes and cars and houses. Who gives it to them? Does someone else give it to them? Do I know that I have – who makes the game? Do I make the game, or do they make the game? Is there 30 owners that created the league?
Sterling also went on to chide his girlfriend, who is being sued by Sterling’s longtime wife, for having an “evil heart.” And his views on women in general can probably be tidily summed up with this alleged exchange from Sterling:
Man: I don't want to change. If my girl can't do what I want, I don't want the girl. I'll find a girl that will do what I want! Believe me. I thought you were that girl—because I tried to do what you want. But you're not that girl.
The quickness and alacrity in which Sterling, allegedly, gets to his talking points suggests this is not the first time he has had conversations along these lines. Just as surprising as it is to hear comments like these come from sentient human beings in 2014, it’s also more than a little shocking alleged tapes of Sterling like these haven’t been produced prior to 2014.
A shorter, five-minute version of the new video can be found here:
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