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Donald Sterling speaks publicly, bashes Magic Johnson for contracting HIV

Donald Sterling interviewed by Anderson Cooper on CNN on May 12, 2014
Donald Sterling interviewed by Anderson Cooper on CNN on May 12, 2014
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Donald Sterling held his headlines on Monday when he was interviewed by CNN’s Anderson Cooper. Sterling told Cooper that jealousy - and not racism – is what fueled his remarks about Magic Johnson and black people that became public recently. The Los Angeles Clippers’ owner was referring to the secretly recorded comments he made to his assistant, V. Stiviano, which got Sterling in all kinds of trouble. The most repeated quote was the statement he made regarding Magic Johnson, and Sterling had more comments about Johnson, according to ABC News on Monday night.

In the past, Sterling was heard saying on secretly recorded recordings that he didn’t want V. Stiviano bringing Magic Johnson or other African-Americans to the basketball games. Continuing his rant against Magic Johnson, on Monday he criticized Magic Johnson on a personal level regarding Johnson’s HIV diagnosis which occurred in 1991. Sterling told Cooper in the interview that he thinks Magic Johnson should be ashamed of himself. Sterling believes Johnson should go into the background. He went on to say that Johnson does nothing for black people.

During Sterling’s first public appearance designed for him to speak out after he was banned from the NBA for life, Sterling said that Johnson has AIDS and then questioned, “What has he done? Big Magic Johnson, what has he done?” The Clippers’ owner said that Johnson acts so holy, yet he made love to every girl in every city in America and had AIDS. Sterling claims that when he found out Johnson had AIDS, he went to his synagogue and prayed for him, and he hoped that Johnsons could live and be well. He says he didn’t criticize him even though he could have easily done so. Beyond that, Sterling asked, “What has he done for children?

According to Yahoo! News, Sterling asserts, “What kind of guy goes to every city, has sex with every girl, then he catches HIV? Is that someone we want to respect, and tell our kids about?” He said, “I think he should be ashamed of himself.”

As far as Johnson is concerned, he said that he is talking about Sterling no more. He just wants to talk about the NBA Playoffs. He is scheduled to appear on Anderson Cooper’s television program on Tuesday.