Exclusive: Clipper Darrell says he forgives Donald Sterling
The diehard Clippers fan has a message for the disgraced owner of the Los Angeles Clippers.
By Andy Nesbitt
Clipper Darrell, one of the biggest Clipper fans you'll ever meet, says he forgives Donald Sterling.
But he has a few questions for him. Check out the video above to see his emotional message to the Clippers' disgraced owner.
Sterling was handed a lifetime ban from the NBA after a tape-recorded conversation of him making racist comments became public. In the recording, Sterling -- among other things -- asks his girlfriend V. Stiviano why she needs to bring black people to Clippers games.
On Sunday, Sterling apologized in a bewildering televised interview with Anderson Cooper that, for many, only added fuel to the fire.
In his first public comments since being banned for life from the NBA, Sterling said years of good behavior as an owner should count toward his future.
"I'm a good member who made a mistake," Sterling said. "Am I entitled to one mistake, am I after 35 years? I mean, I love my league, I love my partners. Am I entitled to one mistake? It's a terrible mistake, and I'll never do it again."
But the interview will be known more for his off-color comments about Cooper and Magic Johnson than for his words of apology. He accused Cooper of having "more of a plantation mentality than I do" and said of Johnson, "What has Magic Johnson done? He's got AIDS. Did he do any business? Did he help anybody in south L.A.? I think he should be ashamed of himself."
As the Clippers have gained popularity in recent years, so has superfan Clipper Darrell, who is often seen at games leading cheers in his patented red and blue suit. In 2012, he had a dispute with the team over the use of the word "Clipper" in his name that was eventually resolved.
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