Donald Sterling is 10 times more disgusting than previously thought, and for all of his apologists who are so hung up on his being entrapped (ha) by that shameless grifter V Stiviano—whose possession of a vagina probably makes her far more of a fall girl than she would've been otherwise—his revolting interview with Anderson Cooper should prove that.
With a palpable lack of sincerity, Sterling says:
“I'm not a racist. 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.”
On Magic Johnson, he says the basketball legend called him and urged him not to go to the media, implying that Johnson was manipulating his response in order to buy the Clippers because AIDS:
“Here is a man who's...I don't know if I should say this...he acts so holy! I mean, he made love to every girl in every city in America and he had AIDS. And when he had those AIDS [sic], I went to my synagogue and I prayed for him. I hoped he could live and be well. I didn't criticize him...I could have. Is he an example for children? You know, because he has money, he's able to treat himself. But Magic Johnson is irrelevant in this thing. He didn't do anything harmful to anybody, and I respect him, and I admire everything that he does. I'd like to help even more if he would offer me an opportunity to help. I like to help minorities!”
Later, Sterling again brought up Johnson's HIV status:
Sterling: “What has he done, can you tell me? Biiig Magic Johnson...what has he done?”
Cooper: “Well, he has, he's a businesperson…”
Sterling: “He's got AIDS! Did he do any business, I like—did he help anybody in South L.A.”
Cooper: “I think he has HIV—he doesn't actually have full-blown AIDS.”
Sterling: “Well, what kind of a guy goes to every city, has sex with every girl, then he catches HIV...is that someone we wanna respect and tell our kids about? I think he should be ashamed of himself. I think he should go into the background. But what does he do for the black people? He doesn't do anything.”
Sterling contends that Jewish people help each other, implying that black people don't. When Cooper pushed him on that point, Sterling blew up, saying, “There's no African-American—” before catching himself and deciding not to finish the thought.
This will do wonders for Jewish/African-American relations.
V Stiviano may indeed be a gold-digging fraud, but she's also, apparently, a bit of a whistleblower.
UPDATE: Sharon Lettman-Hicks, Exec Director and CEO of the National Black Justice Coalition, reacts: