Donald Sterling Apologizes In Interview With Anderson Cooper, Says He Was “Baited”
The question of who will land the first interview with Donald Sterling has been answered. Sterling recently sat down with Anderson Cooper to discuss the recorded conversation from 2013 that emerged just last month. In that phone call, the disgraced Los Angeles Clippers owner was caught making racist comments about African Americans and basketball legend Magic Johnson. The scandal has resulted in Sterling getting banned for life from the NBA and fined $2.5M.
During his sit-down with Cooper, Sterling apologized for his words, which were recorded by his girlfriend, V. Stiviano. He told Cooper:
“I’m a good member who made a mistake and I’m apologizing and I’m asking for forgiveness. 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 went on to deny that he’s racist, and accused V. Stiviano of “baiting” him to say what he said, telling Cooper:
“I don’t know why the girl had me say those things. I was baited. I mean, that’s not the way I talk. I don’t talk about people, for one thing, ever. I talk about ideas and other things, I don’t talk about people.”
A mistake??? Baited?? A mistake is an action or judgment that is misguided or wrong. The thoughts Sterling expressed in the controversial recording definitely fall under the categories of “misguided” and “wrong”, but the fact that they are his thoughts make him a racist, and there’s no room for racism in a league where 76.3 percent of the players are black. Not to mention the MANY black fans that spend money on supporting their favorite team by way of ticket sales and the purchase of NBA merchandise, including that of the Clippers. And that baited part is just a bunch of bull, so I’m not even going to bother with addressing it.
Sterling’s The Anderson Cooper 360 interview is scheduled to air Monday night at 8 pm.