Donald Sterling says he “made a terrible mistake” and describes himself as “distraught” since his racist comments, made in private to a female friend, became public.
NBA commissioner Adam Silver banned Sterling for life and is encouraging the other 29 owners to force Sterling to sell the Los Angeles Clippers, a team he has owned for more than 30 years.
Sterling sat down with CNN’s Anderson Cooper in his first interview since Silver’s ruling, in which he was also fined $2.5 million. The interview will air Monday evening, and the network is sending out excepts.
In excerpts revealed on Monday morning, Sterling said he had spoken to Magic Johnson twice since the comments became public but said he didn’t think Johnson was a “good example for the children of Los Angeles.”
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