Sneed: Sterling tape may have been made during couples counseling
By MICHAEL SNEED April 30, 2014 7:36PM
FILE - In this Dec. 19, 2010, file photo, Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, third right, sits with V. Stiviano, left, as they watch the Clippers play the Los Angeles Lakers during an NBA preseason basketball game in Los Angeles. NBA commissioner Adam Silver announced Tuesday, April 29, 2014, that he is banning the owner for life from the Clippers organization over racist comments in recording. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok, File) ORG XMIT: NY160
Updated: June 2, 2014 1:07PM
The Sterling scandal . . .
Sneed hears rumbles the incendiary racist tape that has clipped the wings of high-flying Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling may have been recorded as some sort of a couples counseling session last September!
“The tape was made last September with full knowledge of Mr. Sterling and was made in the presence of two others, including my client,” said L.A. attorney Mac Nehoray, who is representing Sterling’s ex-mistress, who calls herself V. Stiviano.
◆ Translation: “A third party was present when the tape was made at Stiviano’s home and it was made by mutual consent and agreement,” said Nehoray, who refused to say who that person was and why it was made.
Nehoray claims the tape was one hour in length, although only 15 minutes of the tape was leaked to the news media.
“But it was made in full knowledge of everyone present — and my client did not release the tape,” Nehoray told Sneed.
Nehoray refused to discuss the circumstances involving the tape: “She is very upset about it and did not intend to hurt anybody,” he said. “She feels the tape was released for money.”
Nehoray also told Sneed: “My client has been bombarded with about 1,200 calls to be interviewed and declined all money being offered her for interviews and appearances since the tape was released.
“She doesn’t want to make this about money, she never intended to hurt” Sterling, he added.
“But we are also precluded from making any statements right now because she has been sued in a civil action by Mr. Sterling’s wife, Shelly, and allegations by Clippers President Andy Roeser alleging embezzlement.”
Stiviano was sued in March by Sterling’s wife, Rochelle, who claims Stiviano seduced her husband into giving her a multi-million dollar property and numerous cars and gifts.
The suit seeks the return of the property as well as a Ferrari, two Bentleys and a Range Rover she claims her husband bought Stiviano. The suit also claims Sterling gave Stiviano $240,000 for living expenses out of money considered community property.
The name game . . .
Go figure: It’s ironic LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling was banned for life from the NBA league by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver. Get it? Silver & Sterling. Forget it.
Clooney tunes . . .
No blood diamonds! Just in case you are wondering, actor George Clooney gave his new fiancee, Amal Alamuddin, a 7-carat diamond ring that was ethically mined, of course.
Bye & hi!
Chicago native Terrance Gainer, who ends his tenure as U.S. Senate Sergeant-at-Arms Thursday, is also retiring after 47 years of public service!
Gainer, who was once head of the Illinois State Police as well as a Chicago homicide detective, previously served as chief of the U.S. Capitol Police and was once second in command of D.C.’s Metropolitan Police Department.
“I also ran against Rich Daley for mayor in 1988, which my good friend Sen. Dick Durbin always reminds me was one of the worst decisions of my life,” said Gainer, who tells Sneed he plans to split his residence between his Beverly digs and Annapolis, Md., where his eldest grandson in now enrolled in the U.S. Naval Academy.
Sneedlings . . .
Look for Chaz Ebert, Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle and Chicago Urban League President Andrea Zopp and more in the play “Soul of a Powerful Woman” on Saturday at the Black Ensemble Theater Cultural Center . . . Thursday’s birthdays: Tim McGraw, 47; Wes Anderson, 45, and Rita Coolidge, 69.