Donald Sterling breaks his silence and speaks with CNN’s Anderson Cooper for the first time since all the controversy broke out almost two weeks ago. The disgraced owner of the Los Angeles Clippers is apologizing and claims that he is not a racist. He is claiming he was set up by V. Stiviano and says his words were caused by his jealousy, pretty much comparing his actions to a jealous boyfriend. Personally what does being a jealous boyfriend have to do with being a racist but to each is own. Also in the interview as the conversation goes on and the Magic Johnson subject comes up, Sterling speaks as if he feels betrayed by the Lakers Hall of Famer and says he isn’t a good role model for kids because he has HIV.
Read some excerpts below:
“He lulled me into not saying anything. He said ‘I know the girl, don’t do anything. I’ll help you.’ He just said wait, be patient, I’ll help you. I think he wanted me to just do nothing so he could buy the team.
“He acts so holy. I mean, he made love to every girl in every city in America, and he has AIDS, and when he had those AIDS, I went to my synagouge and prayed for him. I hoped that he would live and be well. I didn’t criticize him. I could have, but is he an example for children? but because he has money, he can treat himself. Magic Johnson is irrelevant in this case.
“Magic Johnson, what has he done? He’s got AIDS. Does he help anybody in South L.A.? What kind of a guy goes to every city and has sex with every girl and catches HIV, is that someone we want to respect and tell our kids about? I think he should be ashamed and go into the background. But what does he do for the black people? He doesn’t do anything….He does nothing, it’s all talk.”
“The girl is black. I like her. I’m jealous that she’s with other black guys. I want her. So what the hell, can I in private tell her, you know, ‘I don’t want you to be with anybody’?”
“I’m not a racist,” Sterling told Cooper. “I made a terrible, terrible mistake. And I’m here with you today to apologize and to ask for forgiveness for all the people that I’ve hurt.”
“I’m a good member who made a mistake and I’m apologizing and I’m asking for forgiveness,” he said. “Am I entitled to one mistake, am I after 35 years? I mean, I love my league, I love my partners. Am I entitled to one mistake? It’s a terrible mistake, and I’ll never do it again.”