Stephen A. Crockett Jr.
Donald Sterling is shown leaving Praises of Zion Baptist church in South Los Angeles on Sunday, June 1, 2014.
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Donald Sterling walks into a black church … no, seriously: Donald Sterling the embattled Los Angeles Clippers owner walked into a South Los Angeles church and sat for a two-hour service Sunday, TMZ reports.

It is unclear if Sterling, who arrived at the Praises of Zion Baptist church with bodyguards, came for any other reason than to hear the good word, as he didn't speak to any members of the church, TMZ reports.


According to sources who spoke with the gossip site, the church visit was planned several days before a sale of the team was announced. TMZ believes that the church visit may be part of a bigger public-apology tour that Sterling and his people have drummed up, but the site also questions why Sterling would go through with the visit if he had nothing to gain.  

TMZ notes that some 30 people were present for the church service when Sterling arrived with his entourage, and that one member was so upset that he took his children and walked out.

But not everyone was upset about Sterling's visit. TMZ cameras rushed the departing owner to ask his feelings on former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer's bid to buy the team. Sterling didn't answer, but an African-American woman greeted Sterling warmly as he made his way to his car.

Read more at TMZ.

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