May 12th, 2014
10:41 PM ET

Sterling claims his remarks were motivated by jealousy not racism

Donald Sterling asks Anderson Cooper, "Did you ever like a girl and were ever jealous a little bit if she was with other guys?" Sterling was trying to make the case that the comments at the center of the scandal were really motivated by his jealousy and not racism. But Anderson confronts Sterling with his own words.

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  1. roastporkbun

    I heard the recordings and I agree - Sterling himself did not say anything racist. *SHE* was putting words in his mouth. He was angry and jealous, yes. And I do think he is an ignorant/racist guy based on other facts. But as for the recording itself, Sterling did not say anything racist. I think Magic and Stiviano both planned together to take Sterling down so Magic can buy the Clippers. I think Magic is lying when he says he didn't know Stiviano.

    May 14, 2014 at 1:01 pm |
  2. ckt54

    You don't know that for a fact. Actually with being senile and dementia your memory can come and go. He is over 80 years old, sick with cancer and has dementia. Why aren't you condemning the well known blacks who openly state their racism . White people should not have to prove to you or anyone else they're not a racist. This is still America you can't with one broad brush accuse" white people" of being racists which is and what is being done now in this country. Stop inflaming and inciting the races for your own agendas and ratings.

    May 14, 2014 at 10:40 am |
    • freedomlover777

      I'm no expert, but Sterling looked to have all of his faculties to me. I don't think he did himself any favors picking on Magic Johnson, but I guess that's who was part of the topic of discussion with his girlfriend. By trying to paint MJ as a bad character, it may have been an approach to give reason for his remark involving MJ to begin with. Dale Carnegie and the Rockefellers were not so good to the people they employed, general public, etc. before they got old and started giving all their money away. Maybe part of his tactic was give light to the fact that he didn't think that MJ had always been a saint. It just didn't go over well because MJ is so popular with people, does do good work now, etc. TV hosts attack and point the finger and try to assassinate the character of people with opposing viewpoints to what they are trying to promote all the time. It looks like he was trying to do the same thing but lost the popularity contest probably because what he said was offensive, if intended or tricked into it, etc. I've been baited myself into saying somethings that came across as not what I intended. It's frustrating. I haven't spent a lot of time going over the script, at first glance it didn't appear that's what was happening, but who knows.

      May 15, 2014 at 11:15 am |
      • freedomlover777

        I just saw this on ESPN. Apparently most pro-Atheletes charities are not so charitable or don't do much as compared to quality standards of charities in general: http://espn.go.com/espn/otl/story/_/id/9109024/top-athletes-charities-often-measure-charity-experts-say-efficient-effective-use-money

        Sterling wasn't far off in saying they do nothing if he had only said that of pro ball players charities in general. I haven't looked at Charity Navigator's ratings of Magic Johnson's charity so I don't know good it is or not and can't make that judgement.

        May 16, 2014 at 7:04 pm |
    • freedomlover777

      Actually, I do feel there is a strong undertone of racism against whites in this country presently. I feel if I say anything negative about anyone from another culture I will be branded as a racist, meanwhile I listen to offensive remarks from immigrants all the time about americans and america and I am expected to bite my tongue and keep my chin up.

      May 15, 2014 at 12:03 pm |
      • freedomlover777

        Furthermore, I wonder if we went through every NBA player's personal home and personal music collection, if we would find any racist (anti white or kill whitey) or sexist or drug promoting hip hop. What's the difference if you say it or listen to it as music? As it says in the bible, anyone who is without sin can be the first to cast a stone, if not, then don't cast the stone.

        May 21, 2014 at 10:13 am |
  3. tufannathomas

    And if he has dementia, why is his family members not keeping him from speaking out like this? Who has power of attorney, cause he needs one.

    May 14, 2014 at 3:29 am |
  4. cgpender85

    First off I believe that he is somewhat racist but mostly discriminatory towards magics H.I.V. which is absurd. I was raised in the south east deep in N.C. thru S.C. and G.A. and in the recording I heard he never called him every white racist would have used. He has serious mental issues im sure including TOns of Meds, Booze, and who knows what else. Just remember we are equal in society so lets not forget about prominent Black racist in AMerica that seem to slide under radar.

    May 13, 2014 at 8:51 pm |
    • freedomlover777

      Whatever the reason, he could have framed his thoughts and sentences a little better in response to Anderson's questions. He sunk his own ship in a couple cases. I would be damn pissed off if someone with HIV irresponsibly had intercourse with me, knew he had it and didn't tell me beforehand. That isn't good conduct by anyone, MJ or not. Sterling should have done his homework on MJ's philanthropy or kept his mouth shut, it only made him look ignorant and weakened his argument. It's one thing to say you still hold a grudge against someone for past behavior, even though they are making efforts to atone for the past bad behavior, it's another thing to hold the grudge and then make false accusations about his lack of effort to atone, etc.

      May 15, 2014 at 11:22 am |
      • freedomlover777

        The fight for African American rights and equality has been a long slow process unfortunately and I don't blame people for being offended and disliking this man. This has been good dialogue. I do feel that it's not always "black and white" in that I've known quite a few immigrants and especially living abroad in China, people who have had less exposure to either African Americans or Africans, etc and are afraid though not sure why, or have pretty racist opinions. I think with the extremely increased levels of immigration to the US in the past 3 decades, that's one front on the fight for African American elevation and equality that is lacking and in need of attention. I'm not saying there aren't still some whites, I think there are far far less than there used to be, but I think immigration is a new factor.

        May 15, 2014 at 11:45 am |
  5. judithnow

    Don't you think it is a bit obvious that Donald Sterling is in some stage of a dementia? I am making no excuses. But it is a little embarrassing to hear the panel pundits posit all sorts of inane explanations. The dementia accounts for his florid bad judgment, his paranoia, and hostility.

    May 13, 2014 at 5:40 pm |
    • tufannathomas

      So, how long has he had dementia? Did he have it when he was previously sued for being racist? Dementia causes a lot of things like forgetting, but he doesn't forget being racist. Ok, he may have dementia, sure, but it doesn't excuse racism, it exposes it. He was racist before dementia.

      May 14, 2014 at 3:27 am |

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