Sterling: I'm Not Racist, I Was Set Up
He asks for forgiveness in CNN interview
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted May 12, 2014 12:45 AM CDT
Updated May 12, 2014 4:03 AM CDT
Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, right, sits with his wife Shelley during a game against the Detroit Pistons.   (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)

(Newser) – "I'm not a racist, I made a terrible, terrible mistake," LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling told CNN's Anderson Cooper in his first public comments since the controversy over his racist remarks erupted. "When I listen to that tape, I don't even know how I can say words like that ... I don't know why the girl had me say those things," he said, claiming he was set up. "I was baited," he said. "I mean, that's not the way I talk. I don't talk about people for one thing, ever. I talk about ideas and other things. I don't talk about people."

Sterling apologized and said he had made a "terrible mistake" for which he should be forgiven. "I love my league, I love my partners. Am I entitled to one mistake?" he asked, though he didn't mention the three racial discrimination lawsuits he has faced over the last eight years, the New York Daily News reports. The NBA may force Sterling to sell the team, but his estranged wife says she plans to divorce him—and will fight to keep her stake.

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May 12, 2014 8:57 PM CDT
Skanky ho looks like King Tut's mummy.
May 12, 2014 5:37 PM CDT
Open mouth, insert foot, chew! I really wish this would all go away, it is a pointless diversion from truly important issues. Look there is a puppy!
May 12, 2014 3:05 PM CDT
Obviously ambushed by some pretty little thing of a journalist. She knew exactly what she was doing and pulled it off really well. She is laughing all the way to bank and has an awesome resume line. No wonder women think men are really stupid. He sure was.