May 13th, 2014
10:09 PM ET

AC360 Exclusive: Magic Johnson responds to Donald Sterling's insults 

NBA legend Magic Johnson did not mean to land at the center of the Donald Sterling scandal. He posed for a photo with Sterling's friend V. Stiviano. She then recorded Sterling's rant where he demanded that she top taking pictures with African-Americans, including Magic Johnson.

The situation only heated up during Donald Sterling's interview with Anderson Cooper. Sterling launched attack after attack aimed at Magic Johnson. The disgraced Clippers owner called him out for his HIV status, questioned his position as a role model and even asked "what does he do for the black people?"

In an exclusive interview, Magic Johnson responds to Sterling's comments and discusses the scandal with Anderson Cooper.

Part 2

Magic Johnson spoke candidly with Anderson about his decision to announce that he had HIV 22 years ago. Magic also discussed his work helping others with HIV and AIDS. Anderson also asked about Magic's business that brought thousands of jobs to urban areas.

Part 3

Magic responds after Anderson plays a portion of the Sterling interview where he says, "Jews, when they get successful, they will help their people, and some of the African-Americans - maybe I'll get in trouble again - they don't want to help anybody,"

Part 4

The NBA is moving ahead with its process for removing Donald Sterling as the owner of the L.A. Clippers. Magic Johnson spoke to Anderson about the future of the team, and his possible role as a future NBA owner.

Part 5

After Donald Sterling's interview aired on AC360, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver released a statement apologizing to Magic Johnson on behalf of the league for being "dragged into this situation." Magic Johnson spoke to Anderson about the league's handing of the scandal. He also discussed the impact the scandal is having on the playoffs that are going on right now.

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  1. DownSideofFame

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    May 28, 2014 at 8:52 pm |
  2. therealoracle

    The real problem with this Donald Sterling race rage event is it makes any other owner, player, and coach vulnerable to blackmail. Even for a silly old man, he was right about Magic Johnson, who exposed his wife to HIV and was a known cheater. Now he's some sort of saint? No.

    May 27, 2014 at 2:08 pm |
  3. huxtablemark

    GET OVER IT the recording was illegal prosecute the b--h what was she after she is another Monica

    May 16, 2014 at 9:07 pm |
  4. arash101

    Sure it's for ratings, and I'm positive Anderson Cooper and the staff aren't big fans of doing it. I have to admit though, had forgotten to care about news and this article got me to sign up. Am now interested in some meat and potatoes now that I've had my dessert.

    As an older guy, Most news is more about sensationalism than anything else, and it turns me off to the whole industry. Even though this story is fluff, it was done with care. Whether you agree with Donald Sterling or Magic, you got good perspective and that impressed me.

    btw: I have looked at the older videos and am wondering why you have completely cut out the VA story? I learned alot from the videos on this site, and understand more now. Maybe I should have payed more attention elsewhere, but hard to tell what is worth listening to these days.

    May 15, 2014 at 11:53 am |
  5. ckt54

    This is about CNN and their sister networks villifing,inciting, and inflaming the races for their own agenda and ratings. Out of the entire U.S. population of white people they find one or two who they deem to be racist and it's like aha, gotcha,see all white people are racists.

    May 14, 2014 at 11:15 am |
  6. warthog6

    WTF is with all the ridiculous media saturation of some anti-social ancient white imbecile who says something stupid and racial. Who cares. Make an example of him and throw him away–or if there's extenuating circumstances, another minute or two to tell how it turned out. What's with turning it into a mini-series? Disabled veterans are being murdered by the very staff assign to save their lives. THAT'S important, and you and Drew are rockstars at broadcasting their injustice to the world. For the last four days, I've been checking your site anxiously awaiting your continued exposition of the VA's betrayal of disabled veterans. You're doing a great job with it, and I'm anxious to see more.

    Please tell me you'll soon be done with this trivial "burned the toast"-importance story and get back to more important matters.

    Why waste your time with this non-sense? You're above this, AC.

    May 14, 2014 at 7:58 am |
  7. jonathanjtibbs

    I am sorry about the death of your friend Derek Neen Anderson. You must understand we all have a reason and purpose in life to exist. When you search your heart, you shall find your purpose, or you may have already. When that purpose is fulfilled we graduate to a greater existence beyond human understanding. Be honest and noble and true to your heart. Always follow your heart because it shall never lead you in the wrong direction. God never puts more on us than we can handle and sometimes when we fail it is our trails and tribulations. I know you are trying to expand your brand and brand recognition. Well, I recommend you read 'The prayer of Jabez.' I would love to work with you in the future on expanding your brand after I receive my Master's in Communications. I want to be a United States Diplomat or work with the United Nations. Somewhere I can make a difference. You know I don't really know anyone who shares my dreams, so I feel at times isolated. So I appreciate the opportunity to converse on this site. You say you look like Adam L., well I think you look like a Pug Dog, aren't they precious. Anderson, I don't have much to offer you, you are intelligent beyond my understanding... but I do know God and he has always been faithful to me because... why? I need him and everyone wants to be needed. Needed and Loved. God Bless, Jonathan J Tibbs

    May 14, 2014 at 2:16 am |

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