Donald Sterling, who banned from the NBA for life due to racist comments, attended a predominantly black church in Los Angeles on Sunday.
Sterling attended services at the Praises of Zion Missionary Baptist Church in south LA after being invited by the pastor.
Two weeks ago Sterling met with Pastor J. Benjamin Hardwick, who told him “I want you to know, my friend, we pray for you.” Hardwick told NBC4 that he didn’t think Sterling is a racist.
The attitudes of the congregation were divided. When asked if it was a publicity stunt for Sterling, one church go-er said, “No, I don’t believe that. I believe that he did the right thing by coming here.” Another however said, “I feel sorry for him because, first of all, he’s a slum landlord. And second of all, I don’t think he really cares for people as he should.”
After the service, Sterling told media the church was “fabulous.” He made no comment about the alleged sale of the Los Angeles Clippers to Ex-Microsoft CEO Steve Balmer.
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