Donald Sterling did not attend Game 4 of the Clippers-Warriors series in Oakland Sunday amid controversy surrounding the racially insensitive statements attributed to him on a recording obtained by TMZ. Sterling’s wife, Rochelle, did go to the game, and sat directly across from the Clippers bench.

Rochelle Sterling was advised not to do an on-camera interview with ESPN reporter Lisa Salters, as Salters put it, but Sterling, who married Donald Sterling in 1957, did provide the following statement.

“I do not condone those statements that you heard. I do not believe in them. I am not a racist. I never have been, never will be. The team is the most important thing to my family.”

Salters then asked if the voice on the tape belonged to Donald Sterling.

“I don’t know, I haven’t listened to the entire thing, but I do believe there were some parts that were cut out. I will let the experts handle that. The one thing that I want everyone to know is that I am not a racist and I do not condone what you heard on that tape.”

The Clippers responded in their own way by turning their warmup gear inside out prior to the game.

Source:USA Today Sports