WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (CBS Tampa) — Hall of Fame baseball manager Tommy Lasorda hopes Donald Sterling’s girlfriend gets hit by a car.
Lasorda, who was in West Palm Beach Tuesday to be a Northwood University’s commencement speaker, talked to WPBF-TV about the controversy surrounding the Los Angeles Clippers owner. The former Los Angeles Dodgers manager said it didn’t surprise him that Sterling made racist comments that were caught on an audio recording.
“I’ve been a friend of that guy’s for 30 years,” the former Los Angeles Dodgers manager told WPBF. “It doesn’t surprise me that he said those things. That doesn’t surprise me. And he shouldn’t have said it. He just hurt himself by talking too much and doing things he shouldn’t be doing.”
The 86-year-old Lasorda then said he hopes V. Stiviano, Sterling’s girlfriend who recorded the conversation, gets hit by a car.
“And I don’t wish that girl any bad luck, but I hope she gets hit with a car,” Lasorda told WPBF.
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver banned Sterling for life, fined him $2.5 million and urged owners to force him to sell the Clippers a week ago, responding to league-wide outrage over racist comments made by the 80-year-old real-estate mogul.
The Clippers overcame the distraction of Sterling’s banishment to outlast Golden State in a seven-game first-round series on Saturday night.
After just one day off, they returned to the court and trounced Oklahoma City 122-105 on the road Monday night in the opener of their Western Conference semifinal series.
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