Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling is facing a firestorm of criticism after a recording was released in which he makes numerous racist statements. But the embattled owner insisted today that his voice and brain were hacked and that he is not to blame for the words on the recording.
“Yeah, it was my voice and my thoughts,” said Sterling. “But I was hacked. Someone else used my mouth and body. I don’t know how, but I do know there are a lot of lapses in security these days.”
Sterling says he knows he was hacked because it’s happened before.
“I’ve said and done a ton of racist things in my life,” he said. “Well, not me. Someone who hacked me. It’s like when someone puts something on Twitter or Facebook that is racist and then later say they were hacked. But it’s not Twitter in my case, it’s my whole person.”
The owner was pressed for details on how a human could be hacked and said “I don’t know the specifics. I’m not a real tech savvy or biology and anatomy savvy guy. I just know it happens. And it especially did in this case.”
Sterling’s hacker story was instantly dismissed as a desperate ploy to hang on to his team under mounting pressure to leave the NBA. But he backed up his story with a reward.
“I am offering $100,000 to anyone who can provide information that leads to apprehension of the person who keeps hacking me,” he said. “I want this resolved before I get hacked again and am used to appear racist. Also, one note: I will only pay a $60,000 reward if the person who provides the information is a minority. I don’t want my money wasted on jewelry and shoes.”
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