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Donald Sterling: 'Am I Entitled To One Mistake?'

By Nathan Giannini | September 27, 2012

 

 

Embattled Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling gave his first public interview since the scandal that got him fined and banned from the NBA for life for making racist comments. 

 

Sterling sat down with CNN's Anderson Cooper for an exclusive interview, where he apologized (sort of), saying he is not a racist and had made a "terrible, terrible mistake." 

 

But he also claimed he'd been set  up, saying: "I don't know why the girl had me say those things ...  I was baited. I mean, that's not the way I talk."

 

The racist allegations stem from an audio recording of Sterling chastising his friend V. Stiviano for posting a photo of her posing with Magic Johnson on Instagram.

 

An NBA committee will meet next week to continue to discuss the termination of Sterling's ownership. Three quarters of the other 29 owners would have to approve the forced sale.

 

Sterling's estranged wife Shelly gave a separate interview to ABC's Barbara Walters. She says she plans to fight any attempt by the NBA to take away her stake in the team.

 

 
Post by Newsy.