LOS ANGELES - Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, in a new tape that surfaced on Friday, is heard dismissing racist remarks that could cost him his pro basketball team as made out of jealousy over other men spending time with a woman he was trying to woo.

On the audio recording, obtained by the entertainment website Radar Online, the 80-year-old sports tycoon appears to tell an unidentified male friend that he made the comments while attempting to seduce that woman and never expected them to be made public.

"If you ever tried to have sex with a girl and you're talking to her privately, and you don't think anybody's there, you may say anything in the world. What difference does it make?" Sterling says. "Then if the girl tapes it and releases it, my God, its awful."

Radar Online did not say where it obtained the new tape or when it was recorded. Reuters could not independently confirm it was Sterling's voice on the recording, and a Sterling representative could not be located to seek comment on Friday.

Sterling, who has owned the Clippers for 33 years, first came under fire in late April when the celebrity website TMZ.com posted an audio recording in which he could be heard making derogatory remarks about black people.


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