Insisting he wasn’t a racist and asking for forgiveness, disgraced Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling failed to help his case in a Monday CNN interview by lashing out at Magic Johnson and saying the former basketball star “should be ashamed of himself” for behavior that led to him contracting HIV.
“What am I going to say? Has [Magic] done everything he can do to help minorities? I don’t think so, but I’ll say it,” Sterling told Anderson Cooper. “He’s great, but I just don’t think he is a good example for the children of Los Angeles, that he would go and do what he did, and then get AIDS. I mean, come on.”
Sterling touted his own philanthropy, including “millions on giving away and helping minorities.”
“Jews, when they get successful, they will help their people,” said Sterling, who is Jewish. “Some of the African Americans — maybe I’ll get in trouble again — they don’t want to help anybody.”
Johnson was the catalyst of the racist tirade that got Sterling in hot water, when V. Stiviano, who is reportedly Sterling’s mistress, shared a picture with Johnson on her Instagram account.
Throughout the interview, Sterling apologized for his comments and said he remained confident that the NBA, his players, and other league owners would have him back. Last month, he was banned for life from all NBA-related matters, and the league announced it will move forward to force Sterling to sell the team.
“Am I entitled to one mistake, am I after 35 years? I love my league, I love my partners,” he said. “Am I entitled to one mistake? It’s a terrible mistake, and I’ll never do it again.”