Donald Sterling has been banned for life by the NBA and the owners will soon vote to force the sale of his team, but he has a very good excuse for making racist statements, you guys: BITCH SET ME UP!
"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." Now, Sterling said, his fate is in the league's hands. "If the owners feel I have another chance, then they'll give it to me," he said.
I'm sorry that Sterling is battling cancer and can't control his side piece, but I don't know what reality he's living in, because nobody can "bait" you into making racist statements. If they can, you're kinda dumb. Last time I checked, this chick wasn't a sorceress, so let's try not to push somebody under a bus whose only crime was to point an electronical device towards you and hit record. Sterling, much like the ignorant bigots who felt "uncomfortable" seeing Michael Sam celebrate one of the greatest moments of his life with the person he loves, is just a dying relic trying hold onto anything and everything he can to keep the world from passing him by. And let's call this bullshit for what it is, Sterling isn't sorry for saying what he said, Sterling is sorry he got caught. Every word that comes out of his mouth in every interview from now on will be hollow and suspect, because he's not looking to repair the racial tensions he created, he's just trying to keep his place in line at the capitalist gangbang. Glad we had this talk. How's your Monday going? Good, good.