LAS VEGAS — A day after saying he had "nothing negative to say" about Donald Sterling in the wake of the controversy surrounding the Los Angeles Clippers owner's racially-tinged comments and expressing interest in buying the NBA franchise, Floyd Mayweather Jr. said it's "up to God to forgive him."
Sterling came under fire after an Instagram posting by his alleged mistress, V. Stiviano, of herself with Lakers legend Magic Johnson became the main topic of a taped conversation in which a man said to be Sterling asks her not to publicly associate with African Americans. On the audiotape, Stiviano appears to be arguing with Sterling, pointing out that she herself is black and Mexican.
Athletes such as Johnson, Charles Barkley and Shaquille O'Neal have spoken out against Sterling, who received a lifetime ban from NBA Commissioner Adam Silver on Tuesday. Mayweather said Sterling "always treated me with the utmost respect."
"I said Donald Sterling is a great guy. He's always been nice to me. He's always been respectful to me. I have nothing to say bad about him. Everytime I sat with Donald Sterling, he told me that I could come to as many games as I wanted to come to. He’s a nice guy. He never said anything racist towards me. If he did say the things that they said he did, that's up to God to forgive him and, hopefully, he can have a change of heart."