May 8, 2014 3:45 pm

Sterling says he’s not a racist in new recording as wife fights to retain half of L.A. Clippers: reports

LISTEN ABOVE: L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling claims he’s not a racist in secretly recorded phone conversation obtained by Radar Online

Disgraced L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling claims he’s not a bigot in a new tape released by entertainment news blog Radar Online.

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The blog said it obtained the secretly recorded phone conversation from an anonymous source with an affidavit confirming his identity.

“You think I’m a racist? You think I have anything in the world but love for everybody? You don’t think that! You know I’m not a racist!” Sterling was quoted as saying.

“How can you be in this business and be a racist?” the tape continues. “Do you think I tell the coach to get white players? Or to get the best player he can get?”

Global News has not independently confirmed the voice on the recording belongs to Sterling.

Meanwhile, an attorney representing Sterling’s estranged wife says she will fight to keep her 50 per cent ownership stake in the team, amid another Radar Online report that she is under investigation by the NBA.

Attorney Pierce O’Donnell also told The Associated Press that Shelly Sterling has been separated from her husband for the last year and is considering divorce.

Last week, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver banned Donald Sterling from the NBA for life and urged league owners to force him to sell the team. The move came after a recording surfaced in which Sterling made racist comments.

O’Donnell said Mrs. Sterling “abhors” the comments and is an ardent Clippers fan.

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