Tonight, Donald Sterling broke his silence for a second time (remember, he did that interview with Du Jour magazine, the magazine for rich people). He probably shouldn't have.
Variety called Sterling's interview with Anderson Cooper a "melt down." I wouldn't go that far -- he whined a lot, but he didn't wail or scream -- but it was a seriously poor showing, public relations-wise.
Sterling did apologize for saying a bunch of racist things in a conversation with his girlfriend or just good friend V. Stiviano, calling it a "terrible, terrible mistake" and asking for forgiveness "for all of the people that I've hurt."
"I'm wrong. I caused the problem. I don't know how to correct it," Sterling said. And then he proved exactly that by being horrible again, blaming Stiviano for somehow "baiting" him into being a racist and saying that Magic Johnson didn't do enough for black people and was a poor role model because he had
"He made love to every girl in every city in America and he had AIDS, and when he had those AIDS, I went to my synagogue and I prayed for him!" Sterling said, going on to claim that he "respects" and "admires" him while Cooper somehow sat there, totally stone-faced, no doubt thinking what a freaking score this interview was. Cooper also made sure to note that Johnson doesn't have AIDS -- just HIV. And CNN, in its write-up of the interview, included a three-paragraph explanation of all the things Johnson has done for his community.
But don't just take my word for it -- here's a clip!
Sterling also choked up at one point when talking about Stivano, calling her a "good person" and "beautiful." No, that's not where he got emotional. It was when he said he was stupid to think she cared about him when he was 51 year older than she was. He also mentioned her "fifteen Hispanic brothers and sisters." Because they aren't just brothers and sisters -- they're Hispanic brothers and sisters. It's important to get that adjective in there when you're trying to convince the world that you're not a racist.
Oh, and then he said she was a "street person." And "a hundred men could look at her and perhaps they wouldn't even think she's pretty."
"I don't know why the girl had me say those things," Sterling said.
Here's another clip!
As for his ownership of the Clippers, Sterling said he wasn't interested in fighting with anyone or spending millions of dollars in a court battle, so he might -- just might! -- give up the team if the NBA owners tell him to.
Also, his wife, Shelly Sterling, is going to give yet another interview tomorrow on Today where she will respond to what just happened tonight.
This article is from the archive of our partner The Wire.