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Donald Sterling’s wife says she’s “not racist”

Donald Sterling last fall. (Mark J. Terrill / AP)

Donald Sterling did not attend the Los Angeles Clippers’ playoff game against the Golden State Warriors on Sunday as an NBA investigation into racially insensitive remarks he allegedly made continues.

But Sterling’s wife of more than 50 years was courtside in Oakland and she spoke briefly with ABC’s Lisa Salters, although she declined to appear on camera.

“She said, ‘I do not condone those statements [captured on an audio recording] that you heard. I do not believe in them. I am not a racist. I never have been. I never will be. The team is the most important thing to my family,’ ” Salters said, noting that Sterling had been advised not to speak.

Salters asked if the voice on the recording, urging a woman not to bring blacks to games and to delete an Instagram photo of the woman with Magic Johnson, was Donald Sterling’s.

“She said, ‘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 I want everyone to know: I am not a racist and I do not condone what you heard on that tape.’ “

After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.
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