Perhaps its the early dementia slant that his estranged wife is now attempting to play in what is becoming a saga beyond compare. He does something that digs an even deeper hole of shame, but forgets about it the next day.
As the NBA inches closer to a successful force-out-sale of the Sterling family’s ownership of the Los Angeles Clippers, the “Sterling Family Public Oddity Tour” has begun.
In his CNN interview with Anderson Cooper on Monday, Donald Sterling made more sad attempts as he groveled for public forgiveness—once more, using Magic Johnson as a pawn.
The New York Daily News got an early version of the interview, where Donald told Cooper that he isn’t a racist and that the racist rant recordings heard across the globe were a mistake and he is entitled to one mistake. All this before taking an opportunity to blast Johnson.
“He’s a good person,” Donald said of the Hall of Famer. Johnson was one of the targets mentioned on the recordings after Donald told his female friend, V. Stiviano, that he didn’t want her bringing Johnson to games because he is black.
“I mean, what am I going to say? Has he done everything he can do to help minorities? I don’t think so. But I’ll say it, he’s great. But I don’t think he’s a good example for the children of Los Angeles.”
Sterling’s wife, Shelly, had already began planting possible dementia seeds on behalf of her husband. In an exclusive interview with Barbara Walters, she said that her 60-year marriage to Donald Sterling had been “emotionally abusive and verbally abusive,” and that there were spats of physical abuse “… but nothing of great magnitude.” She then added that she believes her husband, Donald, has early onset dementia because he can’t remember saying the racist remarks that have landed them in hot water. And that she had never heard her husband use derogatory language toward blacks and Latino.
“I’m not a racist,” she told Walters. “I’ve never been a racist.”
And its certainly possible that she is not, but these “I’m not a racist” statements from people like Donald, and the fact that someone has been married to him for so long yet not claim this mindset, makes you wonder if they actually know what being a ‘racist’ looks like.
As part of Shelly Sterling’s act in what has become a real circus, she pulls out paperwork to show Walters, and says that she has been planning to divorce her husband for at least two decades.
“In fact, I have here—I just filed—I was going to file the petition,” she said showing Walters the papers. “I signed the petition for a divorce. And it came to almost being filed. And then, my financial advisor and my attorney said to me, ‘Not now.'”
Both interviews came about following a statement by Lebron James, who made it abundantly clear that players don’t want either Sterling, as an owner.
Shelly Sterling has said that she will fight the decision to oust her part-ownership of The Clippers.
“As players, we want what’s right and we don’t feel like no one in his family should be able to own the team,” James told the Daily News.
According to ESPN, the Sterling’s may not have a legal leg to stand on.
A statement released by the NBA and viewed by ESPN states that “under the NBA Constitution, if a controlling owner’s interest is terminated by a 3/4 vote, all other team owners’ interests are automatically terminated as well. It doesn’t matter whether the owners are related, as is the case here. These are the rules to which all NBA owners agreed to as a condition of owning their team.”