*Five years ago, when Richard Parsons was still the chairman of Citigroup, the New York Daily News was the first to report of his alleged affair with model-philanthropist MacDella Cooper, and that the married exec with three children had fathered a love child with the woman.
Today, Radar Online reports that after his announcement last week as interim CEO of the Los Angeles Clippers, the millionaire businessman flew back to the East Coast to be by Cooper’s side as she underwent a medical procedure on Tuesday.
The website points out that Parsons, 66, has been married for 35 years to his wife Laura, 67. But in 2008, his mistress Cooper gave birth to their daughter, Ella.
Cooper confirmed exclusively to Radar, “Mr. Parsons is a wonderful man, and a great father to his daughter,” who will be 6 in August.
The New York Daily News reported in 2009 that Parsons and Cooper first met through Cooper’s MacDella Cooper Foundation, an organization that supports children in her home country of Liberia. The Daily News claimed Parsons made donations to the foundation and was a guest speaker at a gala thrown by Cooper in October 2007.
Parsons told the paper at the time, “This is a private matter and I prefer not to talk about it …”
The former Citigroup CEO was announced as interim Clippers CEO Friday after NBA Commissioner Adam Silver handed out a lifetime ban to team owner Sterling. “I believe the hiring of Dick Parsons will bring extraordinary leadership and immediate stability to the Clippers organization,” Silver said in a statement.
Parsons added, “A lifelong fan of the NBA, I am firmly committed to the values and principles it is defending, and I completely support Adam’s leadership in navigating the challenges facing the team and the league.”