Donald Sterling Slams Magic Johnson In ‘Malicious’ Attack

Source: Dan Good / ABC News

Jealousy, not racism, fueled Donald Sterling’s rants to assistant V. Stiviano about black people, the banished Los Angeles Clippers owner told CNN’s Anderson Cooper in an interview that aired Monday.

During the exclusive interview, Sterling also criticized Magic Johnson, blaming the basketball great for his delayed apology to the controversy, and chastising Johnson for his 1991 HIV diagnosis.

“I think [Johnson] should be ashamed of himself,” Sterling told Cooper. “I think he should go into the background. But what does he do for the black people? He doesn’t do anything.”

When the subject turned to Johnson, who was mentioned in the recordings, Sterling turned contentious. “He’s got AIDS,” Sterling said. “What has he done, big Magic Johnson, what has he done?”

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