Donald Sterling attends black church service

The oft-maligned owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, Donald Sterling, turned to a higher power on Sunday. Sterling went to church. According to NBC Los Angeles, Sterling joined the congregation of Praises of Zion Missionary Baptist Church – a predominantly black community.

"I'm here to support this wonderful group," Sterling said.

According to the report, church pastor J. Benjamin Hardwick met with Sterling following the owner's comments disparaging Magic Johnson and other African Americans.

"I want you to know, my friend, we pray for you'," Hardwick told Sterling, while the owner called the service "fabulous."

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver has fined Sterling $2.5 million for his racially charged comments, banned him from the league and started the process to end his ownership of the Clippers. Sterling was diagnosed with symptoms consistent with Alzheimer's disease in May, a finding that helped empower his wife Shelly to sell the team for $2 billion without his approval, a person familiar with the situation told USA TODAY Sports.


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