Rochelle Sterling was seen smiling and cheering at the Clippers game Tuesday against the Warriors despite the lifetime ban on her husband’s involvement with the team and the $2.5 million fine levied against him.
Donald Sterling’s Wife Rochelle Was Implicated In Discrimination Suit
Clippers coach Doc Rivers revealed she’d called him before attending the game to make sure it was appropriate. Rivers said he had compassion toward Sterling because “she did nothing wrong” and had “been through as much as anyone,” but it appears from court records that isn’t entirely true.
According to NY Daily News reports:
Shelly Sterling — who distanced herself from her spouse’s hate speech in a statement on Monday — was accused in a 2009 deposition related to a federal discrimination lawsuit against the Sterlings of saying that Latinos were filthy and that she had called one of her husband’s tenants a “black motherf—–.”
The accusations, made by tenant Darrell Rhodes, was first reported by the Los Angeles Times.
The 2009 deposition of Rhodes, along with the Justice Department’s discrimination suit on behalf of other minority tenants, was resolved in a $2.765 million settlement that same year.
Rhodes said he was asking Shelly Sterling about a rent cut when she lashed out, the court documents showed.
“I asked her, ‘Would you reduce the rent?’” Rhodes recalled in the deposition. “And she said, ‘Who do you think you are, you black motherf—–?’
“The way in which she said motherf—– was more lower voiced, under her breath. She said black loud enough for me to hear, she said mother loud enough for me to hear. F— part was a little lower. I had to look at her lips to hear her say it. And I did.”
Maira Oliva, a building manager at a Sterling property, said there was no lip-reading needed when Shelly Sterling bad-mouthed minority tenants to her.
“She said, ‘Oh my God. This is so filthy. I can’t remodel my apartments the way I want because Latinos are so filthy,’” Oliva recalled in her 2009 deposition.
The Sterlings admitted no wrongdoing in their settlement of the lawsuits. But Donald Sterling was accused in court papers of making similar racist cracks about black and Hispanic tenants.
According to the suit, Sterling said he didn’t want to rent to Hispanics because “they smoke, drink and just hang around the building.”
As for black tenants, Sterling was charged with saying they “smell and attract vermin.”
SMH. Do you think it’s possible that Shelly has changed her tune since 2009? To his credit, Coach Rivers did say he didn’t think it would work for the team to be transferred to Sterling’s wife’s ownership either.
Do you agree?