Maiko Maya King, an ex-employee and lover/girlfriend of Donald Sterling, is suing her former boss claiming that he fired her after she rejected his racist and sexist taunts.
Despite being married with two children when she met Sterling in 2005, King supposedly was in a romantic relationship with the longtime Clippers owner from 2005-2011. Sterling supported her financially as she worked for his foundation. Two years after they broke up, she began working for Sterling as a personal assistant before she says she was fired.
King alleges that Sterling made multiple racist comments to her, which led her to end their relationship. Here’s a sampling of those alleged remarks:
- “How could you be married to a black man?”
- “Why would you bring black people into the world?”
- “I want to take you out of the black world and put you into the white world”; when they would fight he told her to “move back to the ghetto with a black man.”
- “Black people do not take care of their children. All they do is sit at home and smoke dope.”
- “Mexicans just do drive-by shootings.”
Even though King broke off their relationship in 2011, she kept in contact with Sterling and reached out to him after her father died in 2013. She says they met in person and Sterling offered her a job working in marketing for the Clippers. He later changed the job offer in Dec. 2013 and offered King a position as his personal caretaker/assistant. He told her she would be paid $10,000 a month, given a car and home, and receive a $100,000 bonus if she showed loyalty to him.
Of course, if an offer like that sounds like it has strings attached, this certainly did.