Donald Sterling’s CNN interview only makes matters worse

Instead of generating sympathy, Donald Sterling’s half-hearted and rambling mea culpa only reminded NBA owners why he has to go.

Banned from the NBA for life for his vile and racist comments, Sterling’s crime now is that he’s bad for business. And that is every bit as deplorable to the other members of the NBA’s Billionaire Boys Club as his hateful ignorance was to Commissioner Adam Silver, who kicked him out two weeks ago.

Portions of the Los Angeles Clippers owner’s interview with Anderson Cooper, which airs Monday night on CNN, show Sterling is almost pathetic in his delusions. He begged other owners to show him mercy for his “one mistake … after 35 years,” glossing over his long – and documented – history of unsavory and offensive behavior.

Sterling threw Magic Johnson under the bus in laughable fashion. He claimed he was “baited” into making the contemptible comments that have gotten him in so much trouble. He eventually apologized, sort of, but it was clear he was more sorry for getting caught rather than for what he said.

Perhaps most glaring, however, is the cluelessness of Sterling and his estranged wife Shelly, who did a separate weekend interview with Barbara Walters. The Sterlngs either can’t or won’t see they’ve become a drag on the NBA, making it a matter of when, not if, they are forced to sell the team they’ve had for 33 years.

“I’m a good member who made a mistake and I’m apologizing and I’m asking for forgiveness,” Sterling told Cooper. “Am I entitled to one mistake, am I after 35 years? I mean, I love my league, I love my partners. Am I entitled to one mistake?”

Written by Nick


Nick the Quick White is an avid fan of basketball and hip hop, and a contributing writer with WJS since 2013. Nick has interviewed rappers, ballers, rapper ballers, and baller rappers on the site and continues to preach that the NBA should have a team in Europe. Maybe because Nick currently lives outside London where to them Football is actually played with your feet, can you believe this fatuousness?

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