Sterling blasts Magic, calls Anderson Cooper racist
MAY 12, 2014 9:42p ET
Donald Sterling finally spoke to a national audience regarding his racist comments that were leaked in April. In the interview with CNN's Anderson Cooper, Sterling apologized for his comments, slammed Magic Johnson and other wealthy African Americans for not doing enough to help minorities, and even insinuated that Cooper is more of a racist than he is.
Early on in the interview, Sterling tried to gain viewers' sympathy by describing what his granddaughter had to go through at school after the tapes were released.
My little grandchild goes to a Catholic nursery, and they were passing around candy to everybody. When they got to her, they said, "We don't give candy to racists." So it hurts me.
Sterling took the stance of being set up by V. Stiviano and being "baited" into the comments. He claimed that jealousy is what fueled his comments and not race.
One of the things that I said was "don't bring blacks to my game." Twenty-five percent of the people at my games is black. She would always use the black word. That's a black girl.
So when she said I'll bring four gorgeous black guys to the game, players, I was a little jealous, maybe.
While on the topic of jealousy, Sterling also asked if Cooper could relate to him being jealous when it comes to women.
Did you ever like a girl, were you ever jealous of her a little bit if she was with other guys? It's not that I didn't want her to be photographed.
(You were jealous?)
I admit, I was jealous.
Apparently, Sterling is unaware that Cooper's gay. Cooper took to Twitter and had some fun with that. Also, some more reactions around Twitter:
congrats to Donald Sterling for somehow, against all odds, being even more monstrous than anyone thought possible @andersoncooper— Jimmy Kimmel (@jimmykimmel) May 13, 2014
I'd rather be talking about these great NBA Playoffs than Donald Sterling's interview.— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) May 13, 2014
Shame of the night ain't LeBron's missed free throw. It's Donald Sterling. Again and again and again— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) May 13, 2014
Donald Sterling has a mouth problem.— daveanthony (@daveanthony) May 13, 2014
Donald Sterling, *please* stop reminding people that you're jewish. thanks. sincerely, all the other jews.— david ehrlich (@davidehrlich) May 13, 2014
Donald Sterling is Sacha Baron Cohen's funniest character yet!— Matt Oswalt (@Puddinstrip) May 13, 2014
Between Donald Sterling and Solange today - I have to take my Nyquil and just shut it down - just way too much - good night peeps!— Isiah Carey (@isiahcarey1) May 13, 2014
Sterling then said that Cooper is the racist, not him. Yes, he went there.
I think you have more of a plantation mentality than I do. And I think you're more of a racist than I am. Because I'm not a racist, and I've never been a racist.
Sterling then went on to bash Magic Johnson and successful black people. In his opinion, Jews help their people when they make it. Black people do not.
Here is a man ... he acts so holy. He made love to every girl in America in every city and he had those AIDS. When he had those AIDS, I went to my synagogue and I prayed for him.
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. What does he do for the black people? I'm telling you he does nothing. It's all talk.
I spent millions on giving away and helping minorities. Does he do that? That's one problem I have. 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. What has Magic Johnson really done for Children's Hospital which kids are lying in the hallways. They are sick. They need a bed. What has he done for any hospital? What has he done for any group?
Cooper corrected Sterling and let him know Johnson does not have full-blown AIDS, but instead HIV, and also told him a few things Johnson has done for the community and as a businessman.
The interview came to an end with Sterling explaining how Stiviano broke his heart.
This girl, 100 other men could look at her and they wouldn't even think she was pretty. But she was something special. And the point I'm making is she was a woman who really never asked for anything.
It's like a woman stabbing you in the chest or shooting you. And sometimes women say, "I love him" and kill him.
What do you think this interview did for Donald Sterling, if anything?