Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling is still being recorded, but this time the taped phone call captures an angry Sterling saying that he’s not racist, the New York Post reports.
“You think I’m a racist?” Sterling asked his friend during a recorded conversation obtained by RadarOnline, the Post reported. “You think I have anything in the world but love for everybody? You don’t think that! You know I’m not a racist!”
According to the report, Sterling admonished his friend for not knowing that as a basketball executive, he couldn’t possibly hate black people.
“I mean, how could you think I’m a racist, knowing me all these years?” he added. “How can you be in this business and be a racist? Do you think I tell the coach to get white players? Or to get the best player he can get?”
Sterling was stripped of all NBA privileges, banned from the league for life and fined after a recording was leaked last month of him telling V. Stiviano, a female friend who’s half black, to stop associating with blacks and not to bring them to games. As a result of the comments, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver is also pushing for Sterling to sell the million-dollar team.
“You can’t force someone to sell property in America!” Sterling said in the new recorded conversation. “I’m a lawyer; that’s my opinion.”
He also admonished Magic Johnson, one of the people he expressly told Stiviano not to hang out with. “It breaks my heart that Magic Johnson, a guy that I respect so much, wouldn’t stand up and say, ‘Well, let’s get the facts. Let’s get him and talk to him.’ Nobody tried. Nobody!” he said.
Read more at the New York Post.