03/25/2015 12:21 EDT | Updated 05/25/2015 05:59 EDT

Ex-Clippers owner Sterling testifies girlfriend illegally put her name on $1.8M duplex deed

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - The man who lost ownership of the LA Clippers because of racial remarks says the woman who recorded his offensive words got her name on a house he purchased because she's black and Hispanic.

Donald Sterling testified Wednesday in a Los Angeles court during his wife's lawsuit that claims he was deceived into lavishing V. Stiviano with millions of dollars in gifts.

Sterling says he paid for Stiviano's $1.8 million duplex because she's poor and her family is on welfare.

Sterling noted that Stiviano is black and Hispanic, and he says she befriended a Hispanic bank employee and illegally got her name on a check for the house that should belong to him.

Shelly Sterling seeks $3.6 million her husband gave the younger woman that she says was her joint property.