In case you missed the latest on disgraced Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, the octogenarian sat down for an interview with Anderson Cooper that aired on Monday. The purpose, supposedly, involved damage control and an apology for racist comments Sterling made that became public and led to the NBA banning the owner for life.
As ProBasketballTalk notes, the damage control attempt "didn't come off as he had planned." PBT adds that while Sterling apologized for his racist remarks, calling them “foolish, stupid, uneducated words that I uttered” he also uttered other rants "that made him seem a combination of angry, out of touch and just sad sad. Once again, Magic Johnson, a hero in Los Angeles for his athletic and business career.
“He acts so holy. He made love to every girl in every city in America and he had AIDS. And when he had those AIDS I went to my synagogue and prayed for him. I hope he could live and be well. I didn’t criticize him. I could have. Is he an example for children? Because he has money he is able to treat himself…. He is irrelevant in this thing….
“He’s got AIDS. Did he do any business? Did he help anybody in South LA?… What kind of a guy goes to every city and has sex with every girl and he catches it, HIV, is that somebody 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. What does he do for the black people? The Jewish people have a company, it’s for people who want to borrow money at no interest. We want to give them a fishing pole. We want to help people. You don’t have any money, we’ll loan it to you, without any interest. One day you’ll pay us back. I’m just telling you he does nothing, he’s all talk.”
Not surprisingly, the post-interview attention has focused on these and other out-of-touch remarks from Sterling rather than his apology. One person who did center on the apology, Gilbert Arenas. The former Washington Wizard and, perhaps for now, the former Roy Hibbert basher, took to Instagram on Monday night:
"I'll be the first to accept ur apology..as a man who's made a mistake or two in life I know how hard it is to look at your self in the mirror when you let so many ppl down but for anybody who can't and won't accept his apology u need to look in the mirror because were not perfect..forgiveness will destroy racism not more hatred.."