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May 12th, 2014
10:44 AM ET

Donald Sterling speaks exclusively to Anderson Cooper

Donald Sterling is doing much more than just apologizing in his exclusive interview with Anderson Cooper. The L.A. Clippers owner is speaking out publicly for the first time since recordings of his racist remarks led to a lifetime ban from the NBA.

Sterling addresses the remarks, which he referred to as "one mistake after 35 years." He tells Anderson he waited so long to publicly apologize saying, "I'm wrong. I caused the problem. I don't know how to correct it."
Some of Sterling's most surprising comments were about basketball legend Magic Johnson. Sterling was heard on the audiotape telling his friend V. Stiviano that he did not want her taking photos with African-Americans including Johnson. In the AC360 interivew, Sterling says he has spoken to Johnson and told him "If I said anyting wrong I'm sorry." Sterling then called Johnson a "good man," but also said "I don't think he's a good example for the children of Los Angeles."

Sterling also spoke about his love of the Clippers. When Anderson asked about the team protesting him by practicing for a playoff game by turning their jerseys inside out, Sterling said, "I really didn't pay attention to it. They are Clippers and they are mine, and I'm theirs.”

When it comes to the racist remarks he made to V. Stiviano, Sterling defended his actions saying, "I was baited, it’s not the way I talk."

Anderson Cooper and Donald Sterling spoke for well over an hour. Anderson said he found Sterling to be "well aware of everything he is saying.” Anderson discussed the inside story of his interview on CNN's New Day.

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May 9th, 2014
10:23 PM ET

Does a new audiotape explain why Donald Sterling made racist comments?

Were the racist comments that led to Donald Sterling's lifetime ban from the NBA simply a matter of him being jealous? That's the explanation on a newly released audiotape that Radar Online says captures Sterling having a candid phone conversation. Would this explanation matter at all to the NBA? Can anything stop the league from taking action to sell his team? Anderson discussed all of this with CNN legal analysts Mark Geragos, Sunny Hostin, and Jeffrey Toobin.

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May 8th, 2014
09:41 PM ET

Elgin Baylor on Donald Sterling's "plantation-type" mentality

NBA great Elgin Baylor spent more than two decades as the L.A. Clippers General Manager. He says he was unfairly fired and sued the team. In the lawsuit, Baylor described Donald Sterling as having a "plantation-type" vision for the team. Baylor explains to Anderson that Sterling liked the idea of having a team of all black players and a southern white coach.

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May 7th, 2014
10:25 PM ET

Elgin Baylor on Donald Sterling: Justice has been served

Elgin Baylor is an 11-time NBA All Star and a Basketball Hall of Famer. For more than two decades, he was the General Manager of the L.A. Clippers. He says he was fired unfairly and filed a wrongful-termination suit against the team, naming Donald Sterling directly in his complaint. Anderson spoke with Elgin Baylor and his wife Elaine for the first time since news of the Sterling tape broke.

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May 2nd, 2014
10:19 PM ET

The payoff Donald Sterling says he wishes he made

It was just a week ago that Donald Sterling's taped remarks about African Americans became public. For the first time today, the L.A. Clippers owner addressed the controversy publicly. He’s responding to V. Stiviano, the woman who recorded the tape of their private conversation. In an interview with DuJour magazine Sterling says, "I wish I had just paid her off." Brian Todd has the latest on the fallout.

Anderson discussed these latest developments with CNN Senior Legal Analyst Jeffrey Toobin, Rachel Nichols, host of CNN's Unguarded, and Legal Analyst Sunny Hostin.

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May 1st, 2014
10:03 PM ET

Is Donald Sterling preparing for battle?

A ten-member committee of NBA owners held a meeting today to discuss Donald Sterling's ownership stake in the L.A. Clippers. The league released a statement saying:

"This afternoon the Advisory/Finance Committee met via conference call to discuss the process for termination of Donald T. Sterling's ownership of the Los Angeles Clippers. The Committee unanimously agreed to move forward as expeditiously as possible and will reconvene next week."

Donald Sterling has not yet announced what he plans to do. But he could tie the process in court, which is something that he is known to do. Anderson looked at Sterling's options with CNN legal analysts Mark Geragos and Sunny Hostin.

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April 30th, 2014
10:48 PM ET

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on Donald Sterling: This is something that finally had to happen

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is the NBA's all-time leading scorer and he is also a former Clippers coach. He tells Anderson, "There were indications at least a decade ago… Mr. Sterling had some really disturbing views."

Anderson discussed the Sterling fallout with ESPN's Jay Williams and Steve Stoute, who was an instrumental voice in advertisers pulling their business from the Clippers.

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April 30th, 2014
10:41 PM ET

Donald Sterling's dueling women

Donald Sterling was sidelined by the NBA's lifetime ban. But the women in his life are not exactly dodging the spotlight. Randi Kaye takes a closer look at Sterling's complicated relationships.

If the Sterlings file for divorce, does Rochelle own half of the Clippers? Anderson took a closer look at this issue with former NBA great Greg Anthony and Senior Legal Analyst Jeffrey Toobin.

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April 29th, 2014
10:18 PM ET

The NBA reacts to Donald Sterling's lifetime ban

Barely four days after tape of his racist rant hit the Internet, L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling is now facing a lifetime ban from the NBA and a $2.5 million fine. Almost as soon as Commissioner Adam Silver made the announcement, some of the biggest names in basketball voiced their support for the move. Rachel Nichols has the latest.

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April 29th, 2014
10:16 PM ET

What happens to the Clippers now?

When NBA Commissioner Adam Silver announced Donald Sterling's lifetime ban, he also said he will do everything in his power to compel the NBA's Board of Governors to "force a sale" of the Clippers. What does this mean for the team's future? Anderson discussed this with former NBA great Otis Birdsong and ESPN's Jay Williams,  along with legal analysts Jeffrey Toobin and Sunny Hostin.

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