Celebs Turn to Twitter to Express Their Feelings on Donald Sterling

Donald Sterling has a lot of reasons to be embarrassed. This one isn’t on the top of the impressive list, but it must really be galling the Clippers owner.

V. Stiviano.

What was Sterling thinking?

He’s 80, she’s 31. He’s a billionaire, she’s a “model.”

Even Sterling couldn’t be dumb enough to think she liked him for his winning personality. Then again, we are talking Donald Sterling here.

Technically, he’s still married to his wife of 56 years. Mrs. Sterling still sits courtside at Clippers games, though not necessarily next to The Donald. Not since he took up with Stiviano.

Most men try to hide these kind of affairs. Sterling all but put it on the Staples Center Jumbotron as his young companion became a gaudy front-row fixture.

Sure, a prune-faced old man with sunglasses on his forehead looked pretty silly snuggling up to one of the finest items the L.A. plastic surgery industry has recently produced. But really, it was no sillier than Anna Nicole Smith marrying William Tecumseh Sherman, or whoever that billionaire was.

Why do shrewd business tycoons so often turn into frat boys chasing bikinis on Spring Break? Maybe Sterling was drawn by Stiviano’s Instagram bio – “Artist, Lover, Writer, Chef, Poet, Stylist, Philanthropist.” Or perhaps it was the name.

“V. Stiviano” sounds like the kind of woman who would play baccarat against James Bond. Course, before she was V. Stiviano, she went by Vanessa Maria Perez, Monica Gallegos, Maria Monica Perez Gallegos and Maria Valdez.

A good rule of thumb is to never have a mistress with more than three aliases. As for her philanthropic endeavors, most of them seem to be devoted to spending Sterling’s money on herself.

Stiviano has acquired a Ferrari, two  Bentleys, a Range Rover, a $1.4 million apartment and $240,000 in living expenses. That according to a lawsuit filed Sterling’s wife, who wants the bounty returned to the Sterling family bank account.

Stiviano’s lawyer basically says she will give up her Bentley when they pry her cold, dead, manicured fingers off the genuine wood steering wheel.

It’s unclear whether the recordings she made of Sterling are part of her strategy. Tapes of a NBA owner doing a Bull Connor impression can make for pretty good leverage. The really scary part for Sterling is that Stiviano supposedly has 100 more hours of tape. How long until we hear his ode to John Wilkes Booth?

Being a good mistress, Stiviano denies she gave the tapes to TMZ. Whoever leaked them did the world a favor.

It  not only exposed Sterling as a racist, we can now safely affix another label to the old coot.


David Whitley can be reached at dwhitley@orlandosentinel.com.