Donald Sterling ‘Apologizes’ Then Goes On a Racist Rant About Magic Johnson



Two weeks after he was banned for life after being busted on tape saying racist and misogynistic things, Donald Sterling crawled to CNN to make his big apology/give-me-my-life-back PR tour. It didn’t go so well based on the clips made available this morning.

Sterling was steeped in self pity and entitlement, and ended up blaming Magic Johnson for not being a good role model for minorities, even saying, “I don’t think he’s a good example for the children of Los Angeles.”

OH. Okay then. Thanks for the apology?


Watch a clip released from CNN’s exclusive interview with Donald Sterling here:

The clip opens with a painful whine from Sterling, in which he moans that he should be entitled to “one mistake” (I’m sure his entitlement is baffling for some African Americans given Skittles and our justice system), “I’m a good member who made a mistake and I’m apologizing and I’m asking for forgiveness,” he said. “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 promised he’d never do it again. BUT. Segue into how one of his victims, Magic Johnson, hasn’t done anything for minorities, so really, this is why he hasn’t exactly apologized to Johnson personally.

Asked if he had apologized to Johnson, Sterling dodged with a victim blame, “If I said anything wrong I’m sorry. He’s a good person. I mean, what am I going to say? Has he done everything he can do to help minorities? I don’t think so. But I’ll say it, he’s great. But I don’t think he’s a good example for the children of Los Angeles.”

The old passive aggressive bully apology “If I said anything wrong”. Yet Sterling’s entire point for being on the show seemed to be to apologize so that he would be forgiven.

Sterling is wrong about Johnson, of course. Magic Johnson started his Magic Johnson Foundation in 1991. It “works to develop programs and support community-based organizations that address the educational,health and social needs of ethnically diverse, urban communities.” In addition to AIDS education and prevention, the Foundation offers the Taylor Michaels Scholarship Program (TMSP), which “recognizes students with outstanding academic achievement, leadership and commitment to serve their community. The program empowers minority students through financial support, mentorship, and internship opportunities.”

So far, we have saving lives and offering minority students financial support, mentoring and internships, which is sort of like not being a good role model for minorities, only the opposite.

Johnson’s Foundation also does Community Empowerment Centers (CEC), which “help bridge the education gap by providing ethnically diverse urban communities access to resources and programming that educate, empower and strengthen individuals through the innovative use of technology.”

He has supported the Buoniconti Fund To Cure Paralysis, Celebrity Fight Night Foundation, Charity Folks, Keep A Child Alive, Ludacris Foundation, Magic Johnson Foundation and The Miami Project. His “top cause” is “Children” on Look Up the Stars.

Magic Johnson may be far from perfect (likely since he is human), but he has done more than his share for minority children and the children of Los Angeles. Sterling clearly speaks without knowledge, and his prejudice is becoming even more clear the more he speaks.

While Johnson has done much for minorities, we do not run around criticizing white men that have been randomly attacked based on how much they’ve done for their community. No one expects every successful white man to be a role model. In fact, successful white men have made their privilege and entitlement a national prayer.

We are all to worship at the feet of the wealthy predators like the Kochs and the Waltons, who steal from the working class majority in order to line their own pockets. But if a black person is successful, well then, he or she must be extra special and be a role model. No entitlement allowed.

There are different standards for minorities; they must give back or else somehow be deserving of Sterling’s racist comments — that was the implication, after all. Sterling wanted to smear his victim in order to excuse himself.

Cooper asked Sterling why it took so long to apologize, and he replied that he’s just so emotionally distraught, “I’m just so emotionally distraught, and the reason it’s hard for me, very hard for me is that I’m wrong. I caused the problem. I don’t know how to correct it.” That’s also known as the Ann Romney “This is Hard” defense, which Sterling’s PR people should have told him was not successful.

In case this vaguely resembles an apology, Sterling claimed he was baited and set up. He doesn’t talk like that (except when he does and it’s caught on tape?), “I was baited. I mean that’s not the way I talk. I don’t talk about people for one thing, ever… I thought she liked me and really cared for me. I guess being 51 years older than her, I was deluding myself.”

You think? Maybe it was the billionaire thing and not Sterling’s not-so-sterling character.

“I just wish I could ask her why? And if she was just setting me up, I think that people say she was taping me for 2 years.” So Sterling’s “apology” is a) he is entitled to a mistake so bite him b) Magic Johnson is bad for kids so he’s not a real victim and c) he was set up and baited; he is the real victim.

Message Sterling intended: Please unban him and let him keep his team because he is so sincere. Message received: Entitled billionaire creep busted for racism blames black people and woman for his troubles. Expects to be forgiven because see entitlement.

Watch Anderson Cooper’s full interview with Sterling at 8 p.m. ET Monday on “AC360” on CNN.

23 Replies to “Donald Sterling ‘Apologizes’ Then Goes On a Racist Rant About Magic Johnson”

  1. Bottom line, Sterling doesn’t have any right to own the Clippers. But unfortunately, there is no legal system in United States that can force him to sell his team. I don’t think unanimous vote by league owners will help either. I’m sorry to say this but it won’t fly well in the declining court of law. They are all for 1% above the rest.

  2. Why doesn’t he just SHUT UP!? The more he talks and tries to rationalize his bigotry, the deeper the hole grows that he digs for himself. Besides, he has a history of racist behavior toward Black and Mexican folks which completely refutes his absurd claims of not being a racist. That means the taped remarks are not just “one mistake,” but part of a pattern of bigoted actions and words. I’m quite sure that he has said horrible things many times, and most likely even worse than what was taped. He’s distraught not because he truly regrets his racism, but because he is being publicly held accountable for it, particularly financially. I find it utterly ridiculous to attack Magic Johnson, when anyone who knows of him is aware of all his works that help black kids from less fortunate families and black adults as well. It’s a lame attempt to deflect from the fact that he has been exposed as the morally bankrupt, racist, and misogynist creep that he is.

  3. LOL the racist old turd mighty morphed right back to his ways during the interview. Priceless. Cry my a river. You’re older and your ways a set in stone. A the nominee for BULLSH__ goes to ~~~~~?! Ding! THIS GUY!!

  4. They could stop putting the Clippers on the schedule. How long would he want the team under those circumstances?

  5. Maybe he feels that a guy that has slept with over a thousand women and in return contracted HIV, is not such a good role model.

  6. Lets see here…. Baron Davis, Shaun Livingston, Elgin Baylor, Corey Magette, and others have commented or sued due to racist behavior. JJ Redick got a taste of it when the sign and trade was going on because his agent told him more or less that he didn’t want a white guy that couldn’t run or jump. Chris Kaman was brought into the conversation too because he ended up injured for half of his monster contract and he is white. Ultimately what Sterling wanted was a white coach and black players to show off to his women to look at their “beautiful black bodies.” The only reason why Doc Rivers was brought into the fold is because he is a championship coach that can help the ironically talented clippers take the next step.
    I think badmouthing Magic is unwise. The apology reeks of foul disgustingness in which the owners and players union will act accordingly. If nothing else, sponsors will do it for them with their active participation…. “Sterling’s costing me money?.. he got…

  7. TRoN, You’re not native born American but you bring so much common sense & intelligence to America and Policicusa!
    Thank You.

  8. Did any of you watch “The Good Wife” last night? The title of the episode was “The One Percent”.

    I had to LOL when the billionaire CEO Alicia was defending gave a series of Donald-Sterling-like interviews.

    From Entertainment Weekly: The episode began with a brunch at the Paisley Group, where CEO James Paisley (Tom Skerritt) discussed the upcoming merger planned for his company. Paisley’s address was an attempt to quell the concerns of his board members…But we quickly learned this guy suffers from foot in mouth disease, much to Alicia’s chagrin… Paisley gave a TV interview to the Financial Daily Watch, where he compared himself to Anne Frank hiding from the Nazis. Ooof. But it didn’t stop there. Then he said the one percenters were the new minority in the country, just like the Jews in Nazi Germany. The whole thing was pretty awful, but it was a hilarious scene.

  9. Nice job on the ‘apology’ speedy.

    Would of fell for it if it wasn’t for the fact that you badmouthed one of LA’s greatest stars. While he was leading the Lakers to championships, your Clippers were THE laughingstock of the NBA.

  10. Watching anderson 360…Most definitely Donald Sterling is not Racist, he is actually a victim. Most people dont care about older people; old age can be frustrating, its even more frustrating when u are rich, n someone u trust lets u down. most older people look in d wrong places for love. The ego of most men can be boosted if someone continues to stroke it. she did a good job in stroking his ego,… she got money, cars, houses out of it, but greed pushed her to set him up cos of how much TMZ and d media would pay her. She continue to steer him up by mentioning black guys. he got mad and said seemingly stupid stuff that was taken out of context. Most women or men will fight u or act beligerant if u are with them but still having sex with your ex. Jealousy is human nature n we are all guilty for it. He is right, he created opportunity for those players(no disrespect to their hardwork), although he said he owned the players, but tht is not what he meant (his words was taken out of contes…

  11. BTW, are you aware of the fact Sterling has been on court and lost over how he rents his propertys? Google it

  12. Sterling is a rich racist and his money can’t buy the truth,he is who he is, an old dried up racist prune who is sorry,sorry for getting caught.

  13. Sterling is a rich racist and his money can’t buy the truth,he is who he is, an old dried up racist prune who is sorry,sorry for getting caught.

  14. @TRo33, apparently there are clauses in the contract he signed when he joined the franchise and purchased the team. They can force him to sell it seems if a majority of owners vote against him which they did.
    I say good for the team.

  15. No rational, thinking human being looks at Magic Johnson’s sexual indiscretions as part of being a role model. However, he does deserve and get respect for taking his situation and helping others who are in the very same one, but are much less fortunate than he is. Don Sterling is not making a constructive point by badmouthing Magic Johnson. He’s only attempting to deflect from the fact that he’s being made to pay for his reckless, irresponsible, and hateful remarks about, and treatment of, black and Mexican folks. This black man who is a member of the very race Neanderthals like Sterling call names has been quite classy and restrained in his public remarks in response. He refuses to stoop to the level of a much older man, and shows all the dignity that Sterling obviously lacks. Regardless of whether anyone disagrees with Johnson, he has been saying that folks should pray for Sterling. He’s secure in who he is, and the Sterlings of the world can’t do anything to change it.

  16. So if you see a black man tried to steal your team that’s a racist rant? Where specifically did he go racist on Magic? Because he used the word black???

  17. Actually, there’s nothing in the law to protect Sterling since he agreed to follow a code of conduct when he bought his team. He is clearly in violation of that therefore a majority of team owners can force him to sell. Legal agreements are legal agreements. There is no reason any court would nullify this one.

  18. You’re forgetting that Sterling is outnumbered by 1%ers who want him to no longer own the Clippers. So, no court will step in to prevent Sterling from losing his team after he agreed to follow and then broke a Code of Conduct for team owners. Plus, if a court sided with Sterling I guarantee you the players would strike until he was no longer the owner of the Clippers. No court will endanger the sport of basketball,piss off a bunch of 1%ers,and nullify a legal agreement just to protect 1 racist ahole. Come on.

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