Donald Sterling Tells Anderson Cooper “I’m Not A Racist,” Slams Magic Johnson

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By Michael Lewittes



Donald Sterling sat down for an exclusive interview with Anderson Cooper that aired on Monday — and didn’t exactly hep his cause.


The L.A. Clippers owner, who was recorded making racist remarks, told the CNN host he waited a long time to apologize because Magic Johnson suggested he remain silent, possibly as a ploy so he could eventually buy the Clippers.

“He just said, ‘Wait, be patient, I’ll help you, we’ll work it out,'” claimed Sterling, was previously caught on tape objecting to V. Stiviano bringing the legendary basketball player to Clippers games.

Sterling then really tore into Johnson.

He said to Cooper, “What kind of a guy goes to every city, has sex with every girl, then he catches HIV? Is that someone we want to respect and tell our kids about?”

“I think he should be ashamed of himself. I think he should go into the background. But what does he do for the black people? He doesn’t do anything,” added Sterling, who seems to be unaware of the many charities with which Johnson is involved.

Sterling offered, “Jews when they get successful they will help their people and some of the African-Americans — maybe I’ll get in trouble again — they don’t want to help anybody.”

Mostly, though, the disgraced team owner came on CNN to say, “I’m not a racist, 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.”

And even though he blamed Stiviano for having “baited” him into uttering the racist remarks by making him “jealous,” saying she was bringing four handsome black football players to a game, Sterling still called her a “good person.”

He wouldn’t, however, discuss wether he had a sexual relationship with Stiviano.

“I don’t think a gentleman should discuss any of the personal items that go on with a woman,” said Sterling.

Despite his odious remarks, the Clippers owner thinks his players still like him.

“Absolutely! They know I’m not a racist,” said Sterling, reiterating, “and I’m not a racist.”

What do you think of Sterling’s comments?

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