Disgraced L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling definitely suffers from a disease – its called foot-in-mouth disease. On his rambling CNN interview with Anderson Cooper, Sterling has a lot to say, including that he doesn’t believe former NBA legend Magic Johnson is a “role model” for children because of his HIV status.
In the interview, he seems to be blaming Johnson, whose innocent picture with Sterling confidante V. Stiviano led to Sterling’s now infamous racist rant, for providing a poor example because he’s HIV positive and claims that Johnson has done nothing for the Black community.
He also says that Jews do more for their community than African-Americans do. “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,” he said. Here’s just one clip.
After the interview, Johnson tweeted “I’d rather be talking about these great NBA Playoffs than Donald Sterling’s interview,” he said. “After this week, no more Sterling talk. Just the NBA Playoffs.”
CNN reported that after the interview new NBA commissioner Adam Silver was compelled to make a statement, deriding Sterling’s comments and reiterating the league’s desire to quickly shed itself of Sterling
“While Magic Johnson doesn’t need me to, I feel compelled on behalf of the NBA family to apologize to him that he continues to be dragged into this situation and be degraded by such a malicious and personal attack,” Silver said. “The NBA Board of Governors is continuing with its process to remove Mr. Sterling as expeditiously as possible.
Is Sterling truly a racist or just an ignorant old man? Or both? Let us know in the comments.