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.