Donald Sterling sat down with CNN's Anderson Cooper on Monday night and discussed a wide range of topics, including his thoughts on Magic Johnson and being set up by his girlfriend, V. Stiviano.
"I'm not a racist. I made a terrible, terrible mistake. I'm here with you today to apologize and ask for forgiveness," Sterling said in his opening remarks to Cooper.
Responses to Interview
Here are some of the highlights from the interview.
Sterling on Magic Johnson
Johnson became involved with Sterling and Stiviano when she posted a picture with him on Instagram. Sterling did not like the picture and brought up the issue of his girlfriend "associating with black people" in the phone call Stiviano recorded.
"What kind of guy goes to every city, has sex with every girl, then he catches HIV?" Sterling asked. "Is that someone we want to respect and tell our kids about? I think he should be ashamed of himself, he should go into the background. But what does he do for the black people? He doesn't do anything."
Here are more quotes from Sterling:
"I just don't think he's a good example for the children of Los Angeles. That he would go and do what he did, and go get AIDS. I mean, come on."
"He acts so holy."
Sterling would also go on to say Johnson was "irrelevant" in the issue, even though he spoke about him for more than 10 minutes.
Sterling on the NBA and the Clippers
"I really didn't pay attention to it. They're Clippers. They're mine. And I'm theirs. I'd do anything for them."
"I've embarrassed the league. I've humiliated them."
"The players don't hate me. The sponsors don't hate me. The fans don't hate me. The media hates me. It's all the media."
Shelly Sterling Interview
Sterling on the recording and ex-girlfriend
"I never dreamt this could happen. It's a terrible, terrible nightmare."
"I didn't know she was recording. She was talking so strange. It was like she was baiting me to say things."
"No I don't trust her. I wish I could ask her why, and if she was just setting me up."
"I don't want to talk about her. I want to talk about me and the mistakes I've made."
Sterling on racism
"I think you have more of a plantation mentality than I do. I think you're a bigger racist than I am."
"People are intimidated by even the thought of racism."
"Jews, when they get successful, they will help their people. The African-Americans ... they don't want to help anybody."
On April 29, Sterling was suspended for life and fined $2.5 million by NBA commissioner Adam Silver in wake of racial remarks he made to his girlfriend, V. Stiviano. Sterling is not allowed to attend any NBA games or practices, be in attendance at Clippers facilities, or have any involvement within the organization's front office. Silver also said he would immediately recommend to the NBA's board of governors that Sterling be forced to sell the team.
Here's more on the recording of Sterling's racial comments:
In the recording, Sterling chides Stiviano for posting a picture of herself with Magic Johnson on Instagram, saying it "bothers me a lot that you want to broadcast that you're associating with black people." Later, he added that "you can sleep with them, you can bring them in, you can do whatever you want. The little I ask you is not to promote it on that and not to bring them to my games." An extended version of the tape appeared on Deadspin and included Sterling blaming his thoughts on the way of the world.