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Stiviano Lawyer Says She's Sad Over Sterling Ban

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    V. Stiviano, the woman at the center of the Donald Sterling scandal, is "very saddened" by his lifetime NBA ban, and she didn't release the recording of their conversation, her lawyer said. Gadi Schwartz reports from Beverly Hills for the NBC4 News at 11 on Tuesday, April 29, 2014 (Published Wednesday, Apr 30, 2014)

    V. Stiviano, the woman whom Donald Sterling was talking to when he made racist remarks, is "very saddened" by his lifetime NBA ban, and she didn't release the recording of their conversation, her lawyer said Tuesday.

    Mac Nehoray in a statement released to NBC4 that his client "didn’t want any harm to come to Donald.

    "She’s very saddened that NBA did what they did," Nehoray said in the statement. "No matter what, she and Donald were close for three years, and she feels very sad for him."

    He said that a "third party" was present when the audio recordings were made made last September. He would not identify that person, saying that person wants to stay anonymous.

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    "But it is important to know these tapes weren’t made illegally," he said. “My client is very articulate, she’s very smart, she even used to work with the DA’s office. It wasn’t her fault that the tapes got out. She never wanted that. She is a private person. She just wants to be left alone, and thinks she has been treated very unfairly by the media.”

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    Recordings of Sterling telling girlfriend V. Stiviano he didn't appreciate her publicly associating with blacks or bringing them to Clippers games have surfaced amid a lawsuit in which Sterling's wife is demanding Stiviano turn over several fancy cars and a duplex the billionaire gave her.

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    The NBA has said that its investigation confirmed that it was Sterling who made the comments on the recording.

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    Stiviano's lawyer also said that his client was never Sterling's mistress, only his archivist.

    Stiviano was seen Tuesday roller skating with a visor on outside her home. When asked why she came outside given all the media attention, she said, "I started skating when I was two."

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