Now that all of the legal evidence is pointing to the Sterling family losing ownership of the Los Angeles Clippers, the “Sterling Family Public Oddity Tour” is in full effect.
On Monday Donald Sterling’s latest attempt at groveling for forgiveness—complete with more Magic Johnson mudslinging—will air on CNN, New York’s Daily News reports.
In an early version of the interview seen by the Daily News, Sterling told CNN’s Anderson Cooper that he isn’t a racist and that the racist-rant recordings heard across the globe were a mistake and he is entitled to one mistake. He then took the opportunity to blast Magic Johnson.
“He’s a good person,” Sterling said of the Hall of Famer. Johnson was one of the targets mentioned on the recordings after Sterling told his female friend, V. Stiviano, that he didn’t want her bringing Johnson to games because he’s black.
“I mean, what am I going to say? Has he done everything he can do to help minorities? I don’t think so. But I’ll say it, he’s great. But I don’t think he’s a good example for the children of Los Angeles.”
On Sunday Sterling’s wife, Shelly, told Barbara Walters in an exclusive interview that her 60-year marriage to Donald has been “emotionally abusive and verbally abusive” and that there were spats of physical abuse, ” … but nothing of great magnitude.”
Shelly Sterling said that she believes her husband has early-onset dementia because he can’t remember saying the racist remarks that have landed them in hot water. She also said that she had never heard her husband use derogatory language toward blacks and Latinos, a charge that was lobbed against both Sterlings in a 2006 discrimination lawsuit.
“I’m not a racist,” she said. “I’ve never been a racist.”
Shelly Sterling told Walters that she is estranged from her husband and that she has been preparing for a divorce for 20 years. She showed Walters the divorce papers. “In fact, I have here—I just filed—I was going to file the petition,” she said. “I signed the petition for a divorce. And it came to almost being filed. And then my financial adviser and my attorney said to me, ‘Not now.’ “