Donald Sterling Banned: V. Stiviano's Exclusive Reaction

Donald Sterling and V. Stiviano on May 19, 2013 Donald Sterling and V. Stiviano on May 19, 2013

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver announced his ruling on the Donald Sterling scandal on Tuesday afternoon, banning the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers for life and imposing a $2.5 million fine upon Sterling.

On the heels of the announcement, the woman at the heart of the controversy – Sterling’s alleged mistress, V. Stiviano – who recorded her conversation with Sterling, in which the NBA owner is heard making several racist statements, spoke out in an exclusive statement to Access Hollywood.

“It’s not about Mr. Sterling. It’s about global issues that affects us as a nation as a whole,” Stiviano said in a statement to Access Hollywood shortly after Silver’s press conference. “My story is bigger than racism in sports.”

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She certainly wasn’t the only one with strong words on the scandal.

“I’ve been following this story and it feels like a plantation mentality in the 21st century in 2014 — it just doesn’t fit,” Oprah Winfrey said on Tuesday morning on “CBS This Morning,” prior to Silver’s press conference.

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Access spoke with “The Voice” coach Usher on Monday night, where he also weighed in.

“This is a very vivid reality of the world that we live in, that even though I guess racism and segregation in some way, I’d say racism in some way has been quiet, it still exists and that’s just the reality of where we are,” Usher said. “And that doesn’t just stop with race. It also is with gender, so on and so forth.

“I just really feel bad because that’s not the world that I want to my children to be raised in, you know?” the music superstar continued.

Stars also spoke out on Twitter following Tuesday’s press conference, where in addition to the punishments handed down upon Sterling, commissioner Silver also urged he would push for Sterling to sell his ownership of the NBA franchise, celebrities spoke out in support of the decision.

“Commissioner Silver showed great leadership in banning LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling for life,” Magic Johnson Tweeted.

Here is what some other celebrities and media personalities had to say on the ruling:

-- Eric Anderson

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