Tommy Lasorda on V. Stiviano: "I hope she gets hit with a car"

Blake Griffin of the Los Angeles Clippers is greeted by Dodger executive Tomy Lasorda before throwing out a ceremonial first pitch before the game between the Los Angeles Dodgers the Arizona Diamondbacks on September 2, 2009 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California. Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- Baseball Hall of Famer Tommy Lasorda says he's not surprised by his friend Donald Sterling's racist remarks.

The former Dodgers manager tells West Palm Beach station WPBF after 30 years of friendship with Sterling, "It doesn't surprise me that he said those things. And he shouldn't have said it."

Lasorda also offered his thoughts on the woman Sterling was talking to on the tape, V. Stiviano, saying: "I don't wish that girl any bad luck, but I hope she gets hit with a car."

Last week, the NBA fined Sterling $2.5 million and banned him from any association with the Clippers and the league over racist remarks he made during a recorded conversation with Stiviano.

Lasorda was in South Florida to receive an honorary doctorate Tuesday at Northwood University.

On Tuesday, CBS Los Angeles reported that Stiviano will become the foster mother to two boys. The Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services approved her guardianship request for a 12-year-old and 13-year-old boy, the station said.

Stiviano, 31, has known the children for years and hopes to adopt them eventually, according to her attorney, Mac Nehoray.

Meanwhile, Clippers President Andy Roeser is taking an indefinite leave of absence while the NBA restructures the franchise in the wake of owner Sterling's lifetime ban.

Roeser's immediate departure was announced by the NBA on Tuesday. The league announced plans last week to appoint a CEO to oversee the franchise in Sterling's absence.

"This will provide an opportunity for a new CEO to begin on a clean slate and for the team to stabilize under difficult circumstances," NBA spokesman Mike Bass said.

NBA Commissioner Adam urged owners to force him to sell the Clippers a week ago, responding to league-wide outrage over the racist comments made by the 80-year-old real-estate mogul.

Sterling is the NBA's longest-tenured owner after buying the Clippers in 1981. Roeser, one of the Clippers' alternate governors, is one of the league's longest-tenured executives, having just completed his 30th season with the team.

The announcement of Roeser's leave surprised Clippers coach Doc Rivers while he prepared the team for Game 2 of its second-round playoff series in Oklahoma City.

"I knew they were going to bring in a new CEO eventually, but it is (a surprise)," Rivers said. "The NBA is doing their job, and we're just trying to keep this thing together."

Roeser has been a loyal frontman for Sterling since the franchise's days in San Diego, and he stood by Sterling during every controversial period of the owner's career. Only radio and television play-by-play announcer Ralph Lawler has worked for the Clippers longer than the 54-year-old Roeser, who became team president in 2007.

But Roeser infuriated many longtime Clippers employees last week after Sterling's private conversation was made public by TMZ.

While nearly everyone else was reacting with outrage, Roeser released a statement questioning whether the recordings of Sterling were legitimate, while simultaneously apologizing on Sterling's behalf for sentiments about Magic Johnson on the recordings. Roeser's statement was sympathetic to Sterling and criticized Stiviano.

Rivers said Roeser's statement upset many loyal Clippers employees who were horrified by Sterling's comments. Rivers held meetings with much of the Clippers' front-office staff last week while Sterling was ousted, encouraging them to keep working for the franchise.

"That rubbed a lot of people the wrong way," Rivers said. "Andy right away said that was the wrong statement, so he apologized for that, and then we moved on."


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