Donald Sterling: 'I made a terrible mistake. I'm here to apologize.'

In an exclusive interview with Anderson Cooper set to air on Monday, Clippers owner Donald Sterling apologized for his racist remarks and said he's unsure if he'll fight the NBA's efforts to remove him from ownership.

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Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling sat down with CNN's Anderson Cooper for Sterling's first public interview since recordings of him making racist remarks to a former girlfriend were released by TMZ. The 80-year-old said he's unsure if he'll fight the NBA's attempts to remove him from ownership in a brief snippet of the interview that aired on TNT prior to Game 4 of the second-round series between the Indiana Pacers and Washington Wizards.

"If you fight with my partners, at the end of the road, what do I benefit? Especially at my age. If they fight with me and they spend millions and I spend millions...let's say I win or they win, I just don't know if that's important."

CNN.com published more quotes from the interview, which include Sterling apologizing for what he did and claiming that he's not racist:

"I'm not a racist," Sterling told Cooper. "I made a terrible mistake. I'm here to apologize."

Sterling also asked for forgiveness and vowed to never repeat his mistakes:

"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."

NBA commissioner Adam Silver banned Sterling from the NBA for life and fined him $2.5 million for his racist comments, and the league is currently working to strip him of ownership. It requires three-fourths of the vote by the league's other owners to terminate Sterling's ownership and force him to sell the Clippers.

Many expect Sterling, an attorney, to put up a stiff fight in court, but that may not be the case based on his comments to Cooper.

The full interview will be aired on Monday on CNN at 8 p.m. ET.

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