Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling has finally broken his silence over the racism row that will inevitably see him pushed out of his beloved basketball franchise.
There was widespread outrage when a recording of Sterling went public, in which he made racist remarks when arguing with his girlfriend V. Stiviano. Sterling also made comments about Los Angeles Lakers legend Magic Johnson. In an interview with Anderson Cooper, Sterling pleaded his innocence and contested the notion that he is a racist.
“I’m not a racist. I made a terrible mistake. I’m here to apologize. I’m a good member who made a mistake. 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’s words will undoubtedly fall on deaf ears, with new NBA Commissioner Adam Silver banning the LA Clippers’ owner and calling on the other team owners to vote Sterling out of the league. When asked whether Sterling blamed Viviano for releasing the tapes, Sterling was downbeat.
“I thought she liked me and really cared for me. I guess being 51 years older than her, I was deluding myself. I just wish I could ask her way, and if she was just setting me up.”
Check out a snippet of the interview here:
The complete interview is due to air live on CNN on Monday night. The Los Angeles Clippers overturned a massive 22-point deficit in LA to tie the Western Conference Semi-Finals with Oklahoma City Thunder 2-2. The game finished 101-99 in favour of Lob City.
Richard Barrett, Pundit Arena.