Donald Sterling Begs for Forgiveness! [UPDATE]

ClippersLogo It looks like Donald Sterling, the embattled Clippers owner, may have finally hired a crisis management team – Olivia Pope to the rescue (sort of). Sterling is opening up to Anderson Cooper to ask America for forgiveness. Grab some popcorn. This is going to be very interesting.

TMZ is reporting that Anderson Cooper flew to Don Sterling’s Beverly Hills home for Sterling’s first interview since news broke of his recorded racist rants.

CNN posted an update on their site with a sneak peek from the exclusive interview.  Here are excerpts of what was reported on

Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling says he’s sorry but feels he was “baited” to make racist comments, nearly two weeks after the NBA fined him and banned him for life for his remarks in a recorded conversation.

“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 told CNN’s Anderson Cooper in an exclusive interview set to air on Monday.

“You’re saying you were set up?” Cooper asked.

“Well yes, I was baited,” Sterling 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.”

“I’m not a racist,” Sterling told Cooper. “I made a terrible, terrible mistake. And I’m here with you today to apologize and to ask for forgiveness for all the people that I’ve hurt.”

Asked by Cooper why he took so long to say he’s sorry, Sterling said he was “emotionally distraught.”

“The reason it’s hard for me, very hard for me, is that I’m wrong. I caused the problem. I don’t know how to correct it,” he said.

Sterling said he doesn’t want his comments to eclipse his lengthy tenure with the NBA.

“I’m a good member who made a mistake and I’m apologizing and I’m asking for forgiveness,” he said. “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.”


The interview will air tonight, May 12, on “Anderson 360” at 8pm EST.  We’ll be watching!

[UPDATE: Click here for the latest information.]

Do you think there is anything Don Sterling can say or do to redeem his tarnished reputation?






  • Brett Lewis

    Pres. Nixon was taped, exposed, and had to resign from office. Monica Lewinsky was taped by a friend; resulting in the exposure of Pres. Clinton’s infidelity and lies he told to the American people. Pres. Clinton faced and eventually defeated an
    impeachment attempt for similar lies to Congress. Sterling was taped, exposed,
    banned from the NBA, and will mostly likely lose ownership of the Clippers. I
    see no difference between the three scenarios with the exception that Presidents
    Nixon and Clinton were accused of crimes, and Sterling wasn’t. After the fact,
    Pres. Nixon “apologized” for his actions during an interview with David Frost
    and Pres. Clinton issued similar apologies. After the fact, Sterling allegedly
    apologized during an interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper. Although contrition
    is part of the healing and reconciliation process; IMHO, I see no difference
    between Presidents Nixon and Clinton, and Sterling because after-the-fact
    contrition, for “wrongful acts,” does not detract from the punishment and/or
    public disgrace meted out for the act(s) itself. “If you do the crime, you
    should do the time,” and although you may be eventually “forgiven;”
    you will have to live with the disgrace for the rest of your life.

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