Donald Sterling slams Magic Johnson in 'malicious' attack

Donald Sterling slams Magic Johnson in 'malicious' attack

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Donald Sterling slams Magic Johnson in 'malicious' attack

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by ABC News

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Posted on May 13, 2014 at 6:06 AM

Updated Tuesday, May 13 at 6:16 AM

(ABC News) --  Jealousy, not racism, fueled Donald Sterling’s rants about black people to assistant V. Stiviano, the banished Los Angeles Clippers owner told CNN’s Anderson Cooper in an interview that aired Monday.

During the exclusive interview, Sterling also criticized Magic Johnson, blaming the basketball great for his delayed apology to the controversy – and chastising Johnson for his 1991 HIV diagnosis.

“I think [Johnson] should be ashamed of himself,” Sterling told Cooper. “I think he should go into the background. But what does he do for the black people? He doesn't do anything.”

The interview was meant to be a mea culpa, marking Sterling’s first lengthy statements since racist recordings emerged last month and earned him a lifetime NBA ban. But when the subject turned to Johnson – who was mentioned in the recordings – Sterling turned contentious.


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"He's got AIDS!" Sterling said. "What has he done, big Magic Johnson, what has he done?"

 "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 I 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?"

Cooper corrected Sterling, explaining that Johnson was HIV-positive but did not have "full-blown AIDS."

 Sterling briefly adjusted his language but not his tone.

"What kind of a 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?" Sterling said. "I think he should be ashamed of himself."

 Sterling said after the scandal broke, Johnson told him to stay quiet.

“Wait, be patient, I’ll help you. We’ll work it out,” Sterling said in the interview.

Johnson – who’s credited for social outreach through the Magic Johnson Foundation, as well as a chain of movie theaters in urban communities – is scheduled to appear on “Anderson Cooper 360” Tuesday. As Sterling’s new comments emerged, Johnson wrote on Twitter that he’d rather focus on basketball.

“After this week, no more Sterling talk. Just the NBA Playoffs,” he wrote.

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