LOS ANGELES, CA – Owner of the LA Clippers, Donald Sterling speaks out for the first time since his girlfriend, V. Stiviano, released an audio tape in which Sterling says some pretty ugly things about Stiviano interacting with African-Americans. Sterling told Anderson Cooper he’s “…not a racist and [has never] been a racist.”
The 80-year-old billionaire also says he was “baited” into the conversation that’s sent his life, and career, spiraling out of control.
He also poses a question in the interview, asking Anderson Cooper, “Am I entitled to one mistake? Am I, after 35 years?”
That’s a pretty big mistake Mr. Sterling, but the league has already banned Sterling from the NBA for life, fined him $2.5 million, and the NBA Commissioner is asking other owners to force Sterling to sell the team, so he’s getting his fair share of backlash.
All the while, Sterling’s estranged wife, Shelly, who owns half of the LA Clippers team sat down with Barbara Walters to clarify, she has no intention of selling her share and says she’s fighting for her 50%.
So it looks like it’s Sterling versus Sterling. Who wins this round?