Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling asked for forgiveness in an interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper that will air today (Monday).
“I’m a good member who made a mistake and I’m apologizing and I’m asking for forgiveness,” he told Cooper in an interview. “Am I entitled to one mistake, am I after 35 years? I mean, I love my league, I love my partners. Am I entitled to one mistake? It’s a terrible mistake, and I’ll never do it again.”
“I’m sorry that so many people are hurt,” said Sterling. “I never dreamed that this could happen it’s a terrible, terrible nightmare. My players, they didn’t need this.”
“And for them to hear that I’m a possible racist is so painful to me,” he went on. “I’m not a racist and I’ve never been a racist. It’s not me.”
Sterling also accused former girlfriend V. Stiviano of “baiting” him to say the comments.
“I don’t know why the girl had me say those things,” he said. “I was baited. 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. “
Last month, recordings of Sterling scolding Stiviano for posting an Instagram photo with Magic Johnson hit the web via TMZ and Deadspin, causing a massive backlash against him.
“It bothers me a lot that you want to broadcast that you’re associating with black people,” Sterling said on the tape. “You can sleep with (black people). You can bring them in, you can do whatever you want. The little I ask you is not to promote it … and not to bring them to my games.”
The episode of “AC360″ will air Monday at 8p.m. ET.