Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling made a surprise visit to a predominately black church this Sunday.
The embattled mogul, who was banned for life by the NBA for making racially inflammatory remarks, attended early morning service at the Praises of Zion Missionary Baptist Church in South Los Angeles. The congregation was very welcoming of Sterling and greeted his appearance with cheers.
Praises of Zion’s pastor Dr. J. Benjamin Hardwick reached out to Sterling to attend the church and and invited the audience to pray for him.
“Stand up brother Sterling. I’m going to give you a round of applause,” Hardwick said. “We love all God’s children, regardless of your race, creed or color, and I want my friend to know we’re praying for you.”
Sterling waved and commended the church for welcoming him into their congregation with open arms.
“I’m here to support this wonderful group,” Sterling said.
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