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Clippers' Sterling disparages Magic Johnson

Donald Sterling To Anderson Cooper

LOS ANGELES (AP) - In an interview aired Monday where he expressed sorrow for recorded racist remarks that earned him a lifetime NBA ban, Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling was anything but apologetic toward Magic Johnson, one of the men mentioned in the recording, repeatedly disparaging Johnson's HIV-positive status, dismissing his work in charity and business and saying he's not a proper role model for children.

"He's got AIDS!" Sterling said loudly at one point, cutting off CNN'S Anderson Cooper as the interviewer attempted to cite Johnson's accomplishments after Sterling asked, "What has he done, big Magic Johnson, what has he done?"

"He acts so holy," Sterling said. "He made love to every girl in every city in America, and he had AIDS, and when he had those AIDS, I went to my synagogue and I prayed for him, I hope he could live and be well. I didn't criticize him. I could have. Is he an example for children?"

Anderson corrected Sterling, explaining that Johnson was HIV-positive but did not have "full-blown AIDS."

Sterling briefly adjusted his language but not his tone.

"What kind of a guy goes to every city, has sex with every girl, then he catches HIV. Is that someone we want to respect, and tell our kids about?" Sterling said. "I think he should be ashamed of himself."

Johnson had Tweeted after the recording emerged last month that he would never attend another Clippers game while Sterling was owner. But he was in attendance at Sunday's playoff game against the Oklahoma City Thunder sitting next to NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, who handed down Sterling's lifetime ban and a $2.5 million fine nearly two weeks ago.

Johnson representatives said he would have no immediate comment, and Johnson did not address the interview on his frequently updated Twitter account. Anderson said Johnson would appear on his show on Tuesday.

Also in the interview that had its first full airing Monday after the release of excerpts Sunday, Sterling says he was "baited" into using racist language by V. Stiviano, the woman who made the recording.

"She would always use the word 'black,' " Sterling said of Stiviano. "That's a black girl, that's a black guy, this is black, that's black. So when she said to me I'm going to bring 'four gorgeous black guys to the game,' players she was referring to either football or basketball, I was a little jealous maybe."

"I used her words," Sterling said, later adding: "I don't know why the girl had me say those things."

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gordonafg May 13 2014 at 10:40 AM

He made a lot of good points. They shoud give him back the team

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Mr. Gilmore gordonafg May 13 2014 at 10:45 AM

I'm a black man and I agree!

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Lesley Mr. Gilmore May 13 2014 at 10:51 AM

Hard to tell with sites like this what race a person is when making comments or even if the comments are coming from Americans since this is an international forum...

Point being, you may make that statement, but it may also not be true...

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ronaldcampbellj Mr. Gilmore May 13 2014 at 11:00 AM

If it's true, that just means that you're a sad, misguided damn fool.

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shipfixr May 13 2014 at 10:56 AM

I've gotta laugh about the accusations made regarding his racial discrimination in housing; he thought his tenants should actually pay their rent......those he 'kicked' out were not, for the most part, paying their rent and were far in arears when he bought the places...that they were black is actually beside the point.

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orion15stars shipfixr May 13 2014 at 11:21 AM

So it's OK to be a slumlord and expect to be paid for being a slumlord, is that it?

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lbelicious May 13 2014 at 10:57 AM

That's okay Donald. These same racist white men on this board defending you, would just as well take you out and hang you right along with Magic. They hate your race just as much. They just bow to the bell of the most $$$$$$.

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BGiliotti May 13 2014 at 10:57 AM

At one time or another, haven't we all said or thought in our minds something that could be interpreted as rascist? " Let he who is without sin cast the first stone". A lifetime ban and 2.5 million dollar fine for a statement that was said in private. F----ing ridiculous and outrageous. I wonder if there are any skeletons in NBA Commissioner Adam Silvers' closet.....or is he the perfect man. As far as Magic Johnson is concerned, he is no saint....sleeping with over 1000 women, getting HIV and cheating on his wife. Why wasn't he fined or banned from NBA for life? Hypocrisy at it's best!!!!!!

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orion15stars BGiliotti May 13 2014 at 11:12 AM

Sterling should have remembered that himself considering the way he also disparagingly uses females for his own narcissistic pleasures because he pays them for their favors. Obviously, he doesn't know that part of Judaism is atoning for indiscretions against others, and refraining from behaving the exact same way he hypocritically condemns others from behaving. I noticed he wasn't condemning Caucasians for doing exactly the same as himself and Magic Johnson. That is exactly what money does to people when they have too much of it. Money becomes their "god" of worship.

No legitimate expectation of privacy can be embraced once one utters private thoughts to others unless cover by privilege of professionals under law. He very likely has hired domestic servants who are very likely African-American. He given them the money and then expects them to fall all over themselves in complete submission to his bigoted narcissistic self. Typical plantation mentality of the old racist south

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rockofloveusa1 BGiliotti May 13 2014 at 11:26 AM

what i find funny about all this. is why the last NBA Commissioner did nothing to Sterling.
a new Commissioner come in. now we have a mic on him. an he get ban four not wanting his women with younger then him.

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debnaert May 13 2014 at 10:57 AM

Anyone see the interview with that low life spike lee? One of the biggest RACISTS in this country..... He's the one that got sued by the couple in Florida for giving out the wrong address so the blacks could go over to the house of that mexican and murder him. He was sewed for 10 MILLION BUCKS and he paid big time. WHERE was HIS PRISON TIME? What he did was just short of being an accessory to a premeditated murder. I'm SICK of these self righteous HYPOCRITES that point the finger at anyone they disagree with or want to DESTROY! This is a FREE country the last time I looked! Decent Americans are sick of these DOUBLE STANDARDS!

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Richard debnaert May 13 2014 at 11:08 AM

This is one place I actually have to agree with you ... there is no bigger racist in America than Spike Lee, with Chris Rock running a solid second. Lee's rants about Whites moving into Brooklyn and Harlem, taking over the neighborhood and cleaning it up, gentrifying it, after half a century or longer of Black neglect was beyond ignorant --- Spike's primary complaint: that White people don't like his music and that should let us Black folk along because Whites are ruining Black culture. Fuggetaboudit !

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Missy Delby Richard May 13 2014 at 11:53 AM

Tthere is no bigger racist in America than Spike Lee, with Chris Rock running a solid second." Obviously you have never encountered a white supremacist or member of the kkk. It's not pleasant.

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Madeline debnaert May 13 2014 at 11:25 AM

We have some lethal problems in the U.S. today. Top income groups are doing fine, average relatively traditonal U.S. citizens are getting clobbered on multiple levels. What you point out is a major one. Only the future will tell how this country makes out. I suspect that within 40 or 50 years the U.S. could be virtually unrecognizable from 50 years ago. At that time there was a working system with fixable problems. Instead of fixing the problems the entire system was marked for destruction. The baby went out with the bath water. From one who's been around, and politically active for decades: this country deserves much better than what's happening.

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Doc May 13 2014 at 10:58 AM

And the left wing liberal media strikes again. Keep stirring the pot.

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dick goesinya May 13 2014 at 10:58 AM

You can't be magic if you have aids.

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cigar5500 May 13 2014 at 10:58 AM

I didn't see any breakdown?

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Madeline cigar5500 May 13 2014 at 11:14 AM

Absolutely. Sterling's from a different time and place. I am, also, an old-timer. In our day "role models" were important. They always represented "goals." We (at least some of us) knew that these goals would not be met by the vast majority of us, but we'd do the best we could with the hand we were dealt. Sterlings priorities seem to be Johnson's life/behavior as opposed to his athletic ability. This is neither stupid nor evil. Kids don't need to have ANY primal behaviors supported, in any way. They don't need sex and violence thrown at them every time they turn around. Some will handle it, plenty won't. I'm not a prude. My conclusions are based on a lot of research and a great deal of life experience.

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desertaone May 13 2014 at 10:59 AM

still wonder about rights of privacy and free speech. Why don't we leave this issue to those who deal with him to resolve what they want to do, or not to have any dealings if that's their desire? I don't look forward to even hearing any more about it. A court will probably decide the outcome anyway, not public opinion

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slsharris May 13 2014 at 10:59 AM

He just never knows when to shut his mouth. Sterling whining about morality and example when he is also whining that his bought and paid for mistress tricked him into revealing his ugliness. Priceless. Somebody further sedate the old fool so he doesn't embarass himself to death.

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