“What Has He Done? He
Has AIDS.”: Donald
Sterling Attempts to
Apologize For Racist
Comments — Instead
Blasts Magic Johnson
For Being HIV Positive
Donald Sterling sat down with Anderson Cooper to apologize for the racist remarks that caused the Los Angeles Clippers owner to receive a lifetime ban from the NBA—although we imagine it didn’t go exactly as planned.
While the 80-year-old was there to “ask for forgiveness” and explain why he isn’t a racist, he ended up offending even more people as he blasted NBA legend Magic Johnson for being HIV-positive.
Johnson was first brought into the story when the recording revealed Sterling asked his girlfriend, V. Stiviano, not to post pictures on Instagram with Magic and not to bring black people to Clipper game.
He tells Anderson he was “jealous” about seeing Stiviano with other men—but that clearly isn’t his issue with Magic.
“What has he done?” Sterling asked of the Hall of Famer. “Can you tell me? Big Magic Johnson, what has he done? He’s got AIDS. Did he do any business? Did he help anybody in South LA?
“What kind of guy goes to every city and has sex with every girl and catches AIDS?”
After Anderson corrected Sterling about Magic’s health condition, he continued to stand by his claims and blast the athlete.
“Is that someone we want to respect and tell our kids about? I think he should be ashamed of himself. I think he should go into the background. And what does he do for black people? He hasn’t done anything,” Sterling said.
Magic has been outspoken about the incident—vowing never to return to a Clippers game, and then praising the NBA and commissioner Adam Silver for banning Sterling—on Twitter, he vowed to stop talking about the incident.
“I’d rather be talking about these great NBA playoffs than Donald Sterling’s interview,” he tweeted. “After this week, no more Sterling talk.”
I'd rather be talking about these great NBA Playoffs than Donald Sterling's interview.— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) May 13, 2014