*As we reported earlier, Shelly Sterling spoke with ABC’s Barbara Walters about her intention to fight the NBA’s looming plans to force a sale of the LA Clippers because of racist comments by her estranged husband, Donald Sterling.
Speaking of Donald Sterling, who the NBA also banned for life from attending Clipper games … he was not to be out done by Shelly as he sat down with CNN’s Anderson Cooper today in Los Angeles as well.
“I’m a good member who made a mistake and I’m apologizing and I’m asking for forgiveness,” he told Cooper, “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.”
Here’s more of what CNN and Cooper are reporting from that interview:
The interview will air tomorrow night at 8pm ET on Anderson Cooper 360°.
*Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling says he’s sorry, nearly two weeks after the NBA banned him for life and slammed him with a $2.5 million fine for making racist comments.
“I’m a good member who made a mistake and I’m apologizing and I’m asking for forgiveness,” he told CNN’s Anderson Cooper in an exclusive interview set to air on Monday. “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.”
Sterling, an 80-year-old married lawyer and billionaire real-estate investor, hasn’t spoken publicly about the accusations since celebrity gossip website TMZ posted a 10-minute audio recording of him that drew widespread condemnation from fans, players and the league.
I caused the problem. I don’t know how to correct it.
In that audio clip, Sterling chastised a woman for posting pictures online of her posing with African-Americans, including basketball Hall of Famer Earvin “Magic” Johnson.
The recording triggered a firestorm that led to Sterling’s lifetime ban from the NBA and a $2.5 million fine. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver has asked the other 29 owners to force Sterling, the longest-tenured owner in the league, to sell the Clippers.
“I’m not a racist,” Sterling told Cooper. “I made a terrible mistake. I’m here to apologize.”
Get the rest of this story at CNN.
Even though Sterling says he’s not a racist, his words unequivocally say otherwise. In fact, below on a newer recording released by RadarOnline, listen to what he says were his reasons for making the comments to V. Stiviano. As far as we’re concerned, they prove without a doubt he’s a racist.