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Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling has made his first public comments since the release of a racist audio recording led to his lifetime ban from the NBA.

"I wish I had just paid her off," Sterling told DuJour magazine, a Los Angeles lifestyle magazine, speaking of V. Stiviano, the girlfriend to whom Sterling made the recorded comments.

The quote is the only one released thus far from what the magazine calls an exclusive discussion. Sterling told DuJour he only would do future interviews with Barbara Walters and the NBA.

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