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.
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.”
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.”