LOS ANGELES--V. Stiviano gave copies of the now-infamous recording of Donald Sterling making incendiary racial comments to a handful of friends for "safekeeping" and believes one of them sold the tape, her attorney said Thursday.
"One of those friends apparently wanted to make money and sold it to TMZ," said Calabasas lawyer Mac Nehoray.
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver has determined that the voice on the tapes is Donald Sterling's. Stiviano's attorney denied suggestions by Los Angeles Clippers officials that Stiviano had leaked the recording to "get even" for a lawsuit filed by Sterling's wife, Shelly. He said that Stiviano had been making recordings of Sterling on her phone for months with his knowledge.
Then, Nehoray said, "a few months back" something occurred -- he declined to say what -- that prompted his client to make duplicate copies and send them to three or four friends, some outside the country.
"Based on what she was being told, she was just afraid she would lose possession of them," Nehoray said.
On the tape, Sterling chastises Stiviano for associating publicly with blacks and tells her not to bring them to Clippers games.
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