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Donald Sterling’s Wife Hasn’t Escaped Controversy Either

[Los Angeles Times]

Donald T. Sterling, Rochelle
Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald T. Sterling, right, sits with his wife Rochelle during the first half of the Clippers’ NBA basketball game against the Houston Rockets, Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

An apartment tenant and managers claimed the wife of embattled Clippers owner Donald Sterling denigrated African Americans, Latinos and once posed as a health inspector, according to court records.

Rochelle Sterling denied she is a racist in a statement released to ESPN earlier this week and distanced herself from remarks captured on an audio recording said to be of her husband. The court documents offer a different perspective.

In a 2009 deposition, a tenant at one of the Sterling’s apartment buildings in Los Angeles County said that Rochelle Sterling called him a “black m—f—” during a discussion at the building.

“I asked her again, I asked her, ‘would you reduce the rent?’” Darrell Rhodes said in the deposition. “And she said, ‘who do you think you are, you black m—f—.’

“The way in which she said m—f— was more lower voiced, under her breath. She said black loud enough for me to hear, she said mother loud enough for me to hear. F— part was a little lower. I had to look at her lips to hear her say it. And I did.”

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