In his first public comments since being banned for life from the NBA, Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling apologized for racist comments captured on tape, saying they were a “terrible mistake, and I’ll never do it again.”
In the interview set to air Monday with CNN’s Anderson Cooper, Sterling says he’s “not a racist,” he loves the league, his partners and believes he’s “entitled to one mistake” after more than three decades as an owner.
The interview came nearly two weeks after NBA Commissioner Adam Silver banned Sterling for his comments, fined him $2.5 million and urged the other league owners to force him to sell the team.
He also said he felt he was set up by V. Stiviano, the woman to whom he was speaking in the taped conversation.
“When I listen to that tape, I don’t even know how I can say word like that,” Sterling said. “I don’t know why the girl had me say those things.”
He added, “If the owners feel I have another chance, then they’ll give it to me.”
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