Instead of laying low and taking his lifetime NBA ban like a champ, Donald Sterling did a bizarre sit-down interview with Anderson Cooper on CNN’s “AC360.”
If we didn't learn anything else, we learned the Los Angeles Clippers owner has a serious beef with Magic Johnson. He used his interview with Cooper as a chance to blast the Hall of Famer for having HIV.
“He made love to every girl in every city in America and he had AIDS. When he had those [sic] AIDS I went to my synagogue and I prayed for him. I didn’t criticize him,” Sterling said.
Unfortunately, he goes on to do exactly that.
“Is he an example for children? Because he has money he’s able to treat himself. What has he done? Big Magic Johnson. What has he done? He’s got AIDS! Did he help anybody in south L.A.?" Sterling questioned.
"What kind of guy goes to every city has sex with every girl then catches HIV? Is that someone we want to respect and tell our kids about? I think he should be ashamed of himself. I think he should go into the background. What does he do for the black people? Doesn’t do anything. He does nothing! All talk.”
Cooper informed Sterling that Johnson never had AIDS, he has HIV. The owner then berated Johnson for not giving back to the Black community, which is also false.
“Jews, when they get successful, they will help their people. And some of the African-Americans, maybe I’ll get in trouble again, they don’t want to help anybody.”
In the same interview, Sterling called Cooper more of a racist than he, but didn’t state why. He also said the players love him, but it’s the media who hate him.
Both wife Shelly Sterling and mistress V. Stiviano have done separate interviews since TMZ broke the story of Sterling's racist audio. He was fined $2.5 million in addition to his lifetime ban, but has yet to sell the Clippers.
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