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

May 7, 2014, 9:49 AM EDT

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Tommy Lasorda is long time friends with Clippers’ owner Donald Sterling. He’s very clear that Sterling shouldn’t have said what he said and doesn’t condone any of it, so that much is good. But it’s not like he doesn’t have some strong feelings about the matter all the same. Particularly with respect to the woman whose recordings outed those Sterling comments in the first place:

“I’ve been a friend of that guy’s for 30 years,” he said. “It doesn’t surprise me that he said those things. And he shouldn’t have said it. He just hurt himself by talking too much and doing things he shouldn’t be doing.”

Lasorda also shared an unsolicited opinion on Sterling’s silly rabbit, V. Stiviano.

“And I don’t wish that girl any bad luck but I hope she gets hit with a car,” he said.

You can see video of those comments here from WBPF-TV in West Palm Beach. Based on his tone and demeanor, it seems like he’s pretty serious about that too.

Lasorda has spent a lot of his post-managerial life as an ambassador of the game and is often portrayed as some big, cuddly, lovable grandfather figure. But read anything about the guy that more than scratches the surface — and hear him say stuff like this, or other things he says when he’s not “on,” as it were — and you learn pretty quickly that he’s not at all cuddly. Not in the least.

(link via BTF)

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  1. sairobi718 - May 7, 2014 at 11:29 AM

    Why would you befriend for thirty years someone you aren’t surprised would say something like this? Respect lost…Not that there was a ton to begin with, outside of baseball brilliance.

    • hep3 - May 7, 2014 at 11:59 AM

      Baseball brilliance for Lasorda. Sorry, never bought it.

    • Kevin Gillman - May 7, 2014 at 1:04 PM

      The same reason why President Obama was good friends with that racist pastor Wright, and he went to his church for 20 years, but YET he didn’t know the racist sermons? Riiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiight.

      • chinahand11 - May 7, 2014 at 1:16 PM

        Kevin this is a baseball message board, please keep your political agenda on the political bulletin boards.

      • Kevin Gillman - May 7, 2014 at 1:18 PM

        Actually china, this is a BASKETBALL issue. We can always keep the topic on baseball. So how about that Pirates-Giants ending last night?

      • chinahand11 - May 7, 2014 at 1:21 PM

        I like the Pirates, Giants so-so. LOL, absolutely right, it IS a basketball issue. Still, please keep politics off of it, Kevin. Go Red Sox.

      • Kevin Gillman - May 7, 2014 at 1:27 PM

        china, I truly wish we would find a way to stop racists anyway, and unfortunately is in all forms of life, including sports, and politics. But I know someone else will bring it to the topic soon, so I offered my two cents. Then again, your Sox won walk-off fashion, and my Indians had a much needed win last night, so there you go…LOL

      • chinahand11 - May 7, 2014 at 2:09 PM

        Yes, thank you Kevin, my sentiments are the same, get the racists and greedy ones out of everything. I wish well on the Indians, too. Sudden Sam McDowell (sp?) is one of my all-time fave pitchers. I truly apologize for being snarky (and dumb!) in my first post.

      • Kevin Gillman - May 7, 2014 at 3:16 PM

        No problem, I like John Farrell, always did when he was playing and remember him for being the starter that ended Paul Molitor’s 39 game hitting streak. You have a good manager there.

      • genericcommenter - May 7, 2014 at 3:00 PM

        Pastor Wright served his country and has a right to be outraged about the way he and others were treated based on race, IMHO. Or is that type of respect only afforded old white guys? Old white guys tend to get a pass, especially if they are veterans, for “growing up in a certain era” sometimes, and it’s completely ridiculous to not give a much bigger pass to someone who was actually the freaking VICTIM of those “old ways.”

      • Kevin Gillman - May 7, 2014 at 3:17 PM

        So it’s okay to give a racist comment, as long as you have lived through it? Okay.

  2. therealtrenches - May 7, 2014 at 11:43 AM

    I used to live in suburban Philly where the Lasorda family had a tavern. They promoted this image of Tommy as a morally upstanding dude who was a jolly old grandpappy type. But anybody who rubbed up against that family knows what a bunch of racist scumbags they were. They were an embarrassment to the community. Friends with Sterling? Gee…what a surprise.

  3. Tick - May 7, 2014 at 12:05 PM

    FAUX OUTRAGE! SELF RIGHTEOUS MORAL POSTURING! ARGLEBARGLEBARGLEBLAH!
    Am I doing this correctly?

    • emdash01 - May 7, 2014 at 12:20 PM

      It’s great that you assume that people aren’t actually unhappy about this, they’re just being self-righteous and fake. If it doesn’t bother you it couldn’t be a real problem, amirite?

      • Tick - May 7, 2014 at 1:37 PM

        The Sterling comment bothered me. Tommy Lasorda, not so much. Kareem Abdul Jabbar didn’t have very nice things to say about the woman either and most people understand that Lasorda is an idiot. I’d rather save my outrage for something that actually deserves it, instead of this faux outrage that I’m talking about. If you get outraged over every stupid pointless thing anyone says, there’s either something wrong with you or you’re putting on a show.

    • schlom - May 7, 2014 at 12:56 PM

      Needs more rabble, rabble, rabble!

  4. tysonpunchinguterus - May 7, 2014 at 12:10 PM

    I’m not sure how you can know someone is a racist and still consider that person a friend. You’d think Tommy would have had some harsher words for Sterling considering that Sterling had an issue with Matt Kemp based solely on race and Tommy “bleeds Dodger Blue.” That’s the Dodgers team that prides itself on being the first major league team with a black player. But instead of taking a stand against a racist, he offered up a noodle-soft “he shouldn’t have said that” and saved the tough talk for the mistress who released the tape.

    • idolized1 - May 7, 2014 at 2:36 PM

      Well, Tommy is in luck!

      His buddy Donald has already hit her with a few cars.

      (Bentley’s, Ferrari’s, etc…)

  5. maddog11896 - May 7, 2014 at 12:31 PM

    I couldn’t give two craps what Sterling said, call me racist all you want for defending him (which I’m not) but his b***h of a wife should be locked up for recording that conversation without his authorization or knowledge. She’s the one who actually broke a law, not Donald.

    • thetoolsofignorance - May 7, 2014 at 12:41 PM

      And the winner for the commenter who doesn’t know what in Sam Hill he’s talking about is THIS guy^^^^^

      • historiophiliac - May 7, 2014 at 12:48 PM

        But of course it doesn’t stop him from having an opinion.

      • thetoolsofignorance - May 7, 2014 at 12:52 PM

        How is it that the least informed and most likely to have screwed over someone that cared for them offer the most trenchant opinions?

        Do they consider themselves the moral authority on being cruel or hurting others just because they can articulate an opinion without ever bothering to become informed on the topic?

        I truly don’t get this sort of person.

  6. gloccamorra - May 7, 2014 at 12:48 PM

    So Tommy Lasorda says he’s been a friend of Donald Sterling for 30 years. Does Donald Sterling know? The formula must be:

    met him 30 years ago + bumped into him several times on the celebrity circuit = “friend”.

  7. binarymath - May 7, 2014 at 12:49 PM

    I frequently disagreed with Tommy Lasorda on strategy when he was managing the Dodgers. And I have to disagree with him on strategy here as well. His suggestion for Stiviano was not at all sound.

    Pedestrians frequently survive being hit by cars. But a run-in with a wood chipper like the one in ‘Fargo’ is another matter entirely…

    • binarymath - May 7, 2014 at 12:51 PM

      And yes, to the folks who are already firing up their keyboards, I was kidding about the wood chipper.

      I am aware that bimbo-cide is a crime.

      • historiophiliac - May 7, 2014 at 1:13 PM

        But not funny.

    • [citation needed] fka COPO - May 7, 2014 at 2:26 PM

      But a run-in with a wood chipper like the one in ‘Fargo’ is another matter entirely…

      Don’t go with the fake one, go with the real one:

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murder_of_Helle_Crafts

  8. drs76109 - May 7, 2014 at 1:06 PM

    Well, maybe a certain member if the Dodgers ownership group will tell Lasorda that it is time to retire. At least before he jumps ship to own the Clippers.

  9. ud1951 - May 7, 2014 at 1:14 PM

    Which kind of friends do you want? The kind who kick you in public when you’re down? The kind that has your back regardless what stupid stuff comes out of your mouth? Feel free to associate Sterling’s bad with Lasorda, but understand, a friend is a friend. You need those in good times and bad.

  10. chargrz - May 7, 2014 at 1:16 PM

    Stiviano is a much worse person than Sterling

    • largebill - May 7, 2014 at 2:12 PM

      I don’t know either of them well enough to say for sure. Obviously he comes across as an awful person on the recordings. Is it mitigated by fact that she was pushing his buttons and goading him into getting angry enough to speak without thinking? I don’t know or care. She doesn’t come across any better. A girl working for a man like she was for him would be called a two-bit whore if he wasn’t a billionaire and instead paid the hourly rate. Regardless of which is worse, I’ll just be glad when ESPN and other media stop talking about them. Why is Sterling & this broad still a story a week later?

      • [citation needed] fka COPO - May 7, 2014 at 2:31 PM

        Obviously he comes across as an awful person on the recordings. Is it mitigated by fact that she was pushing his buttons and goading him into getting angry enough to speak without thinking?

        You do know he’s done far worse things than just say bad stuff about Matt Kemp and Magic Johnson right? Like the record $2.7M he paid to the Dept of Justice over a housing discrimination lawsuit, when he wouldn’t rent to blacks (they smelled like vermin) or mexicans (all they do is sit around and drink)? How he harassed tenants, including one that never missed a payment, but Sterling wanted her out so he:

        Davenport reported what she saw to Sterling, and according to her testimony, he asked: “Is she one of those black people that stink?” When Davenport told Sterling that Jones wanted to be reimbursed for the water damage and compensated for her ruined property, he replied: “I am not going to do that. Just evict the bitch.”

        Repairs never came. The shower stopped working, and the toilet wouldn’t flush; Jones needed to use a plunger and disposed of waste tissue in bags. Kandynce Jones departed the home she loved but that caused her so much grief when she passed away, on July 21, 2003, at age 67.

        That Sterling’s wife, Rochelle, who’s coming out holier-than-thou even though she pretended to be a gov’t agent so she could illegally inspect tenants homes, taking notes on who was a minority or not?

        You aren’t sure if he’s worse off than a pretty face on Sterling’s arm?

    • emdash01 - May 7, 2014 at 2:20 PM

      Nope.

  11. fu49ers - May 7, 2014 at 1:23 PM

    she’s a skank

  12. aceshigh11 - May 7, 2014 at 1:52 PM

    Sterling and Stiviano both got what they wanted out of their arrangement:

    He wanted a younger woman that pretended to enjoy sleeping with an 80 year-old man with an ugly, despicable personality. She wanted to be showered with gifts, money and access to fame and celebrity. It was a win-win for both of them, until it wasn’t.

    She might not have the highest character, but Sterling is FAR worse. Attacking her while actually trying to defend a creep like Sterling is misogyny of the highest order.

    • 2difshoe - May 7, 2014 at 6:01 PM

      Agree, in this case, 2 wrongs do make a pile of fecal matter.

  13. disgracedfury - May 7, 2014 at 2:14 PM

    Yep Lasorda hates PED users but doesn’t mind racists.

  14. zinger99 - May 7, 2014 at 6:26 PM

    Lasorda is so full of £#%¥. He’s stuck in another era. Has been for a long time.

  15. Bob - May 7, 2014 at 7:12 PM

    So Tommy Lasorda is a jerk. No news there. Well-documented for 35+ years. Move along. Next topic.

  16. purpleronin - May 7, 2014 at 7:17 PM

    Hers your big soft, cuddly grandfather figure right here lol

    Classic Lasorda! Definetly a must click

    • purpleronin - May 7, 2014 at 7:22 PM

      Pretty much just google Lasorda+rant and go get your popcorn ready LMAO. Good times…

  17. phillysoulfan - May 8, 2014 at 8:30 AM

    This is the kind of thing my grandfather would say. Made me laugh.

    You can take the man out of Philly but you can’t take Philly out of the man.

  18. nclrbrt - May 8, 2014 at 8:08 PM

    Right back at ya, Tommy-boy!

  19. jimeejohnson - May 11, 2014 at 10:21 AM

    Tommy said that because he’s been living in SoCal so long he still thinks cars will stop for pedestrians even on the freeway. Got news for you Tommy: nobody’s stopping anymore. Out of my way mere mortals!

  20. mpzz - May 14, 2014 at 12:37 AM

    Next thing you know he’ll be making excuses for Hitler.
    “Well, you know, he ended up bad but he had a lot of good ideas at first”

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