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Donald Sterling

Prays for Forgiveness at Black Church

6/1/2014 2:08 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Donald Sterling sat in a Black church for 2 hours Sunday in South L.A. and pissed off some members of the congregation ... while others seemed willing to at least forgive, if not forget.

Sterling, surrounded by bodyguards (just in case), hit up Praises of Zion Baptist Church -- and sources in the church tell us he sat through the entire service ... though it's unclear if he addressed church members publicly.

Seems strange that Sterling made what amounts to a mea culpa appearance at the predominantly Black church ... since he no longer owns the Clippers (pending NBA approval). Sources connected to Donald tells us the church visit was planned several days before the sale talks began ... so it's even more interesting he went though with it.

We're told about 30 people were in attendance today -- and at least one regular member left with his children as soon as Sterling walked in with his entourage.

On his way out of church, we asked Donald how he felt about Steve Ballmer buying the team -- no verbal response, but watch ... he clearly heard the question. Also, he gets a warm greeting from a church member -- an African-American woman.

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Whocatea123     

At least he's trying he didn't kill anybody get over it !

147 days ago
17.

01void    

Maybe he wants to be like the biebs and become hip hop Atlanta style

147 days ago
18.

KicksandGiggles    

Not sure why the Church would allow itself to be used in such a shameless PR stunt. I wonder what kind of bribe - oops offering he gave.

147 days ago
19.

NGAPLZ    

Even more bizarre if you consider him being Jewish.

147 days ago
20.

lkelly816    

OMG! Are you kidding me. This looks like something else his lawyer cooked up just like he did when he had two neurologists declare Sterling incompetent.

147 days ago
21.

cristiana    

the lady who warmly greeted him was a beautiful example of forgiveness and not judging! I love to see it when people act with grace and love! I love this lady! she could give lessons to the people who left on spiritual maturity!

147 days ago
22.

tmon3ydadjmbr    

Praying for forgiveness? I thought you had Alzheimer's disease? He's a trip im tired of these stories.

147 days ago
23.

Clins    

Another bad pr move for him, and thanks to the black church for one more disgraceful act.

147 days ago
24.

Vanadianese    

I thought church goers are taught to forgive people for their sins. Isn't that how it goes?

147 days ago
25.

Suxtobehim    

Oh give me an F-ing break! I seriously dislike when people pull nonsense like this to try to make themselves look better!

147 days ago
26.

myopinion    

He should have came out within a few days after the leak of the tape...Way too late Sterling. He was in the hood.

147 days ago
27.

Leave-Britney-Alone    

The real story should be the gracious woman's forgiveness.

147 days ago
28.

Levi    

Donald. Your a Jew, what are you doing in a church ? You should have went and prayed with some of the black Jews that you so forcefully downgraded.

147 days ago
29.

Just My Opinion    

Forgive him, or God will not forgive you. Isn't that what they teach you about God's word in the Bible when you go to Church?

147 days ago
30.

LW    

''Sterling, surrounded by bodyguards (just in case)"

THAT is horrid crime ridden area. There are POSTED SIGNS stating the time of nightly shootings!

NO ONE IN LOS ANGELES GOES THERE AFTER DARK!!

147 days ago
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