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Clippers Owner Sterling Speaks About Racist Comments

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"I love my league, I love my partners, am I entitled to one mistake?

Clippers owner Donald Sterling asked for forgiveness more than two weeks after he was heard making racist statements. Sterling told CNN's Anderson Cooper he didn't try to make amends sooner because he was too "emotionally distraught." "I'm wrong. I caused the problem. I don't know how to correct it."

The 80-year-old said his 31-year-old friend V. Stiviano "baited" him into making racist comments that she recorded. "It bothers me a lot that you want to broadcast that you are associating with black people."

On the recording, Sterling reprimanded Stiviano for posting a photo with Magic Johnson. Sterling said he has since spoken with Johnson twice - but made a puzzling remark about the former NBA star. "He's a good a person, and he...what am I going to say? Has he done everything he can do to help minorities? I don't think so. But I'll say it, he's great. But I don't think he's a good example for the children of Los Angeles."

The NBA has banned Sterling for life; the NBA's 29 other team owners could force him to sell the Clippers. Sterling said he would probably not fight such a decision. "At the end of the road, what do I benefit? Especially at my age..."

His estranged wife Shelly Sterling owns 50% of the Clippers, but the NBA says if the league's owners vote to kick-out Donald Sterling, all of the team's current owners will also be forced sell.

Sterling's estranged wife Shelly told ABC's Barbara Walters she will fight to keep her stake in the Clippers, and said she doesn't feel she should be punished for her husband's mistake. Shelly Sterling also told Walters she doesn't think her estranged husband is a racist.

Meanwhile, the interim CEO hand-picked by the NBA to run the Los Angeles Clippers says he's confident the league will succeed in forcing a sale of the team.
Dick Parsons arrived in Los Angeles on Monday to meet with management and staff of the Clippers. Parsons says he's just beginning to familiarize himself with the workings of the team, which is in the midst of competing in the playoffs.
Asked about Sterling apologizing in a television interview airing Monday, Parsons says, "He's a little late, to be sure."
Parsons says he's being paid by the NBA, but he doesn't report to Commissioner Adam Silver or the league's other owners.

(The Associated Press also contributed to this report.)
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