LOS ANGELES — V. Stiviano, the woman at the center of the Donald Sterling scandal, said she was "very saddened" by the NBA's decision to ban him from the sport for life, her attorney said Tuesday.
Stiviano "never wanted any harm to Donald," lawyer Mac Nehoray of Calabasas, Calif., told the Los Angeles Times.
He said Stiviano, 31, is still reeling from the release of the recordings in which Sterling chastises her for associating with blacks, including Magic Johnson. He said that "someone released it for money" but it wasn't Stiviano.
"My client is devastated that this got out," he said.
He also said Stiviano and the 80-year-old Clippers owner never had a sexual or romantic relationship and descriptions of her as his mistress in the media and in a lawsuit filed by Sterling's wife are erroneous.
Rochelle Sterling, who has been married to Donald for more than 50 years, filed suit against Stiviano in March in an effort to reclaim a $1.8 million apartment, luxury autos and cash he gave her.
Wrong facts: NBC and TMZ are the latest to demonstrate how the urge for a scoop — even by a few minutes — can burn a news organization.
NBC quoted an anonymous source when it incorrectly reported how the NBA was punishing Donald Sterling just minutes before league commissioner Adam Silver announced it. NBC reported Sterling would be banned indefinitely and fined $5 million. Silver banned Sterling for life and fined him $2.5 million.
NBC tweeted and broadcast its mistake on NBC, MSNBC and CNBC, then corrected it after Silver's announcement.
TMZ initially aired the taped conversation that led to Sterling's ban. It also cited an anonymous source when it jumped the gun with the wrong punishment.
Sterling hasn't commented.
No to gift: UCLA will turn down $3 million pledged by Sterling and will return the $425,000 installment he has already made, the school announced.
Sterling's "divisive and hurtful comments demonstrate that he does not share UCLA's core values," a school statement said.
UCLA said Sterling recently had pledged the $3 million to support basic kidney research by its Division of Nephrology.