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As controversy swirls, Sterling attends predominately black church

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Sterling took a spot in the front row of the Praises of Zion Missionary Baptist Church. (Source: CNN) Sterling took a spot in the front row of the Praises of Zion Missionary Baptist Church. (Source: CNN)

LOS ANGELES (CNN) - Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling attended a predominately black church Sunday.

Sterling sat in the front row of the Praises of Zion Missionary Baptist Church.

The pastor had this message for him: "We love all of God's children regardless of your race, creed or color. And I want my friend to know we're praying for you."

The LA Times reports Sterling was invited to attend by the pastor. It is not clear if Sterling addressed the congregation.

Afterward, he answered questions from a local reporter but would not take any questions from CNN.

Sterling has been fined and banned for life from the NBA over racist remarks he made in a taped conversation.

His wife, Shelly Sterling, has reportedly reached a deal that would allow the team to be sold to ex-Microsoft chief Steve Ballmer.

Sterling is suing the NBA for $1 billion for forcing him to sell.

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