Skip to comments.Donald Sterling tells Anderson Cooper: I was 'baited' into 'a terrible mistake'
Posted on 05/11/2014 6:23:30 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling says he's sorry but feels he was "baited" to make racists comments, nearly two weeks after the NBA fined him and banned him for life for his remarks in a recorded conversation.
"When I listen to that tape, I don't even know how I can say words like that. ... I don't know why the girl had me say those things," he told CNN's Anderson Cooper in an exclusive interview set to air on Monday.
"You're saying you were set up?" Cooper asked. "Well yes, I was baited," Sterling said. "I mean, that's not the way I talk. I don't talk about people for one thing, ever. I talk about ideas and other things. I don't talk about people."
Sterling, an 80-year-old married lawyer and billionaire real-estate investor, hasn't spoken publicly about the accusations since celebrity gossip website TMZ posted a 10-minute audio recording of him that drew widespread condemnation from fans, players and the league.
In that audio clip, Sterling chastised friend V. Stiviano for posting pictures online of her posing with African-Americans, including basketball Hall of Famer Earvin "Magic" Johnson.
The recording triggered a firestorm that led to Sterling's lifetime ban from the NBA and a $2.5 million fine. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver has asked the other 29 owners to force Sterling, the longest-tenured owner in the league, to sell the Clippers.
"I'm not a racist," Sterling told Cooper. "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."
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And Gloria Vanderbilt’s little boy said what?
Sterling needs to STFU. Things are too far down the road for a do over.
Seriously? Is the reall of the Vanderbuilt family? As in the Builtmore, etc?
Is that true?
I was thinking of a scenario where they cave in and let him back into the league and all...then 6 weeks later he’s caught on tape talking about keeping the faggots out of his games...
Yes, he is the son of Gloria Vanderbilt. One of those Vanderbilts.
I’m thinking there’s a “forgiveness” groundwork being set up here. The NBA realizes it may be in a very, very bad legal position by sanctioning Sterling for comments made in an illegally-recorded personal conversation; Sterling wants to keep his team and his reputation. So everybody gets together for a “forgive-fest” that won’t cost either side bazillions.
Simple as that.
re: Magic Johnson put his ho’ up to it so he could steal the team in the name of “reparations.”
If he has to pay market value for the Clippers, that wouldn’t be “stealing”.
Over an illegally-obtained recording?
The league is in extreme legal jeopardy, and it's just now dawning on them.
Early life and education
Cooper was born on June 3, 1967, in New York City, the younger son of the writer Wyatt Emory Cooper and the artist, designer, writer, and heiress Gloria Vanderbilt. His maternal grandparents were millionaire equestrian Reginald Claypoole Vanderbilt and socialite Gloria Morgan Vanderbilt, and his maternal great-great-great-grandfather was Cornelius Vanderbilt of the prominent Vanderbilt shipping and railroad fortune. He is also a descendant, through his mother, of Civil War brevet Major General Hugh Judson Kilpatrick, who was with General William T. Sherman on his march through Georgia.
Cooper’s media experience began early. As a baby, he was photographed by Diane Arbus for Harper’s Bazaar. At the age of three, Cooper was a guest on The Tonight Show on September 17, 1970, appearing with his mother. At the age of nine, he appeared on To Tell the Truth as an impostor. From age 10 to 13, Cooper modeled with Ford Models for Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein and Macy’s.[9
What planet are you from?
Yep. What we see now is being orchestrated by the lawyers on both sides. I just think the guy has a habit of shooting off his mouth, and this time he got caught.
RE: A forced sale will not result in “market value.”
It is ILLEGAL to force someone to sell his property at a loss.
The LAW is on Sterling’s side. Neither the NBA nor Magic Johnson can buy the team for LESS than what it is currently worth.
Sure, they can pressure Sterling to sell, but they CANNOT force him to sell it at less that what it’s worth.
And who decides what it's "market value" is, Einstein?
The only one who can decide that is Sterling, and if he doesn't want to sell there is no "market price."
In defense of the "Market Value" issue:
It will be "Market Value" or off to court for Sterling and the NBA. He would be a fool not to go to court.
Equally probable is the sale at a premium to avoid a long and possibly losing court battle by the NBA. Certain bad publicity. Highly possible bad result. Is that worth the risk? I doubt it. The other owners will loan in the necessary money to get this over quickly. To me that means a premium for Sterling.
His mistake was hooking up with a tranny gold digger.
And what if he still doesn't want to sell?
You have to consider Silver and the extreme viciousness of his reaction. Sterling would be better served to STFU and go full blown legal on the NBA. As you noted, Silver took the NBA down a path of extreme legal jeopardy. If I was an owner, I would be considering terminating Silver by not renewing his contract once it expired.
No one forced him to off-load a racist rant to his girlfriend. Sterling is a slug who won’t even take responsibility for his own words.
Pathetic doesn’t begin to describe him. Cry me a river over his self-inflicted plight.
Not if you’re in a franchise system it isn’t. The keepers of the by-laws can make you sell and if it’s at a loss too bad for you. Heck they don’t even have to let you sell, the NBA could just end his franchise no opportunity to make any money on it.
But we’re talking about Donald Sterling here. Expecting him to keep his mouth shut and stop saying stupid things is like expecting him to stop breathing, which admittedly is going to happen someday in the not too distant future. When it does he’ll stop saying stupid things too, but not before.
This is akin to the NSA releasing one of your personal conversations to your boss.
Would you object to that?
I am inclined to agree with you.
Silver acted like “tough guy” to get the playoffs over. He knows his threats are shaky at best. So does Sterling.
I think they are laying the ground work for both sides to get out of this mess. The Clippers may not ever be able to get a coach or high dollar players...but they’ve only been in contention the last few years (since Chis Paul came grudgingly on board) anyway.
Worst case scenario...the wife files for divorce and puts the hiatus on any sale of the team...indefinitely.
OK - I’ll come take your house and give you market value for it. Don’t worry - it’s not stealing.
Sterling was set up.
But he certainly is not blameless in all this.
I believe he is a prejudiced asshole. I would not enjoy his company, I wish he would just go away. I’m sick of hearing about him.
RE: The keepers of the by-laws can make you sell and if its at a loss too bad for you.
That would be equivalent to CONFISCATION of property and is against the law. Sterling will be well within his rights if he were to sue.
There is no law against making racial statements in the privacy of your home. There are laws against property confiscation.
RE; OK - Ill come take your house and give you market value for it. Dont worry - its not stealing.
And by what racial excuse are you going to do it?
No fool like an old fool.
There’s personal responsibility, good taste and judgment of which he had a deficit. Assume someone is always listening and use your words with care.
As a celebrity, he had to know nothing is ever truly private. The damage is done and for an 80 year old to whine like a kid is unbecoming. Sterling needs to man up! No one is responsible for his mess but him.
re: OK - Ill come take your house and give you market value for it. Dont worry - its not stealing.
OK, I’ll sell it to you AT MARKET VALUE *IF* everyone of my neighbors hate me and don’t want to live next to me and can’t stand the sight of me.
AND NO, that won’t be stealing.
It isn’t against the law, because it’s part of the by-laws he signed onto. When you’re in a franchise system you don’t own as much as you think. What you really do is lease a highly revokable license to be a part of a whole. Franchise holders get forced to sell and just plain lose their franchise all the time. We don’t see it often in sports, but it happens. The sale of the Dodgers was basically forced my the league, of course no matter what McCourt does he always manages to come out ahead.
There’s isn’t a law against racial statements. But the IS a BY-LAW against embarrassing the league. Which he did, which is why he WILL sell the team.
Further, forced sales are not taxable.
In legal terms, it's fruit of the poison tree.
Using it to force him to sell his private property is not going to find sympathy in a court of law.
Matter of fact, he will be in a legal position to sue for damages.
The rule of law doesn't really care how people "feel" about things.
Yes, an idiot 20 something year old who's major claim to fame is her body outsmarted a multimillionaire .... and 'made' him say things against his will...
I will sell the team if I were him.
But Sterling bought the Clippers when it was a struggling team for a mere $12 Million.
Now that it is a contender for the championship, it will be worth 30 to 40 times that much.
By all means, force him to off load his franchise, but I don’t think it is LEGAL to force him to off load it at a loss.
He will be well within his rights to sue if they do it.
Too far down what road?
If he knew he was on tape then he got what he deserved, if he didn’t know and is protecting someone, then its the same.
He’ll lose if he sues. He bought a FRANCHISE and the franchise governors are free to revoke that license. That’s how franchise work. They’re doing him a favor letting him sell, when I was working for McDonalds corporate decided they didn’t like how one of the franchise holders in Tucson was running his stores, they took them from him, no money, no compensation, 6 stores instantly belonged to McDonalds and the old owner was SOL. That’s how franchises work, tow the line, don’t damage the brand, or else. Sterling damaged the brand, now he gets a big fat wad of or else.
I’ll be surprised if the other owners vote for him to sell.
If Sterling sues under anti-trust laws...he can call each and every one to the stand. I doubt any one of them have not done something at sometime to embarrass the league. It’s all a matter of degree.
I’ll also be surprised is Sterling sells...no matter what the vote is. The capital gains tax is staggering at this point.
Go back and review what Silver has said publicly since taking over as commissioner. At the same time parse Cuban’s statement. The NBA is about to go over the cliff.
RE: Hell lose if he sues. He bought a FRANCHISE and the franchise governors are free to revoke that license. Thats how franchise work.
You cannot revoke a franchise wily nily and force someone to sell his shares at a loss. I think he CAN win if they do that.
By all means, pressure him to sell, but if they FORCE him to do it at a loss, that would be equivalent to property confiscation.
If Magic Johnson wants the team, let him make an offer, but if he offers him $12 Million or less and they coerce him to sell at that price, THAT would be grounds for a lawsuit and Sterling will be well within his constitutional rights to fight it.
A fair judge SHOULD rule for him. Otherwise, property rights and hard work mean nothing in this country and we will be living in what amounts to a 3rd world socialist country.
It’s “toe the line” as in military formation, meaning to conform precisely to some standard.
I doubt Silver even mentions it if he hasn’t made sure he’s got the votes.
He won’t have anything to bring them on the stand on. The question isn’t whether or not they’ve done something, the question is whether or not the generated headlines, he did, that’s why he’s out.
He’s owned the team for 30 years, the tax will be long term capital gains which are pretty low.
I heard Justin Boober got boo’d by the entire cried at the Clippers game
You can revoke a franchise for violating the by-laws, most sets of by-laws (including the NBA’s) have “conduct unbecoming” clauses. He embarrassing the league, he broke the rules.
He’s NOT going to sell for a loss. The league doesn’t want any team selling for less than half a billion, it would be embarrassing. Now he probably WILL sell for less than he could get if he wasn’t being punished, but that’s the nature of punishment.
Everybody is obsessing on Johnson, who was a Laker, if he’s going to buy an LA NBA it’ll be the one he paid for.
It’s a franchise, property rights already don’t mean anything when it’s a franchise. That’s the nature of the business.
Hmmmm. Well, I’m glad I asked the question, anyway!
He’s a “good Liberal” he’ll be forgiven by the PC crowd in about 6 months.