LOS ANGELES (AP) — Donald Sterling, whose racist remarks in a recording triggered the fight over ownership of Los Angeles Clippers, attended a predominantly black church service in South Los Angeles on Sunday.

Sterling told KNBC-TV he went to Praises of Zion Missionary Baptist Church to support the church and said the service was “beautiful.”

The station said the church’s pastor met Sterling recently and invited him to worship with the congregation. Sterling received a warm welcome, and Pastor J. Benjamin Hardwick told him the congregation was praying for him.

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver fined Sterling $2.5 million, banned him from the league and started the process to end his ownership of the Clippers after an audio recording of Sterling disparaging blacks became public in April.

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12 thoughts on “Donald Sterling Attends Service At Black Church

  1. americanize. on said:

    You had slaves who would 4give master. Its sad but these type of negroes still exist today,doesn,t matter if they are preachers,ploticians,or supream court justice.They fear telling a white person the truth. GOD BLESS BLACK AMERICA.

  2. Jenelle Williams on said:

    No matter whether he is sincere or not, we as a black community need to practice forgiveness and understanding for this man. He did after all grow up in a different era. That’s no excuse, but now he’s asking for forgiveness. We should show him as a black community that we are a loving forgiving people. And not use his comments as fuel for more hatred.

    • Tony on said:

      Wrong!!Wrong!!Wrong!! The enemy loves the fact that you’re willing to forgive him of his sin of prejudice. How many times will you allow yourself to be kicked in the head with the perpetrator saying “I’m sorry” before you say enough is enough and kick him in his teeth?

      As a black man I’ll not exercise forgiveness and understanding towards this blatantly racist person. It’s not just this action, but this guy’s entire body of work. The words this guy said were from his heart. And I will ALWAYS hold what a man says from his heart either to his credit or against him.

      • Tony's advocate on said:

        Tony makes a good point in which I’m inclined to agree. This is pretty much about “damage control” at this point. This city (LA) has shut Mr. Sterling down………big time. He’s basically PERSONA NON GRATA in most circles. His own players have expressed having NO respect for him. His own coach (Doc Rivers) refuses ALL of his calls and hints that he may not return next season. Reports even indicate that his front office staff have shunned him for his wreckless damage to the team. Sponsors have dropped him, fans have expressed that they’ll boycott if ENTIRE Sterling clan isn’t removed, etc. He fu_ _ _ _ up MAJOR and knows it. His wife Rochelle is also a “piece of work” in her own right. One only has to read the tenant complaints from the “housing discrimination” lawsuit which the Sterlings (he & wife) settled for MILLIONS ($$$$). The court depositions from Black & Hispanic residents describe a clear pattern of extremely racist behavior (actions & words) over many years. They treated their minority tenants with total disrespect……..for YEARS. Now that society has put them on blast, they want to feign a “change of heart”. Nice try !!!

  3. Aaron on said:

    The Pastor and all members of the congregation should be ashamed of themselves. The man has yet to make a sincere apology and they are praying for him? Repentance is the first step to forgiveness and he has not taken it.

  4. Camella Jenkins on said:

    And however the Pastor was paid off he had better make sure the IRS know about that donation however it was given. I’m sure we will hear about that money exchange/transaction sooner or later.

  5. Camella Jenkins on said:

    I agree with you Tony. However him being Jewish wouldn’t stop him from visiting another church domination, that happens a lot, yet those type of visits usually are for Political reasons. I’ll bet the Pastor got a big donation from old man Sterling.

    Tony on June 2, 2014 at 10:16 am said:
    I’m confused. I thought Sterling was a Jew. Is this some pathetic attempt to shine a different light on himself. Would love to know how much of a ‘donation’ Sterling left in the collection plate. Or did he give it to the pastor personally? Wink, wink, nudge, nudge.

  6. Tony on said:

    I’m confused. I thought Sterling was a Jew. Is this some pathetic attempt to shine a different light on himself. Would love to know how much of a ‘donation’ Sterling left in the collection plate. Or did he give it to the pastor personally? Wink, wink, nudge, nudge.

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