These people are really sad. And slimy in the case of Donald Sterling. He turned his interview with Anderson Cooper on CNN into an attack on Magic Johnson's character, smearing him for having HIV (Sterling calls it AIDS) and asking what has Johnson ever done for the community? "Did he ever help anyone in South LA?," Sterling said. "What does he do for the black people? He doesn't do anything."
What kind of a guy goes to every city, has sex with every girl, then he catches HIV? Is that someone we want to respect and tell our kids about? I think he should be ashamed of himself. I think he should go into the background. But what does he do for the black people? He doesn't do anything....
That's one problem I have. Jews, when they get successful, they will help their people, and some of the African-Americans -- maybe I'll get in trouble again -- they don't want to help anybody...There's no African-American -- Never mind, I don't know, I'm sorry. You know, they all want to play golf with me. Everybody wants to be with me. I'm easy. I'm fun.
Johnson, of course, is well known as a developer and community investor in several parts of LA, including South Los Angeles. He is chairman and CEO of Magic Johnson Enterprises and founder of the Magic Johnson Foundation, which has raised millions for HIV and AIDS. After the CNN interview aired, NBA commissioner Adam Silver felt compelled to issue a league apology to Johnson. From CNN's story:
"While Magic Johnson doesn't need me to, I feel compelled on behalf of the NBA family to apologize to him that he continues to be dragged into this situation and be degraded by such a malicious and personal attack," Silver said in a statement. "The NBA Board of Governors is continuing with its process to remove Mr. Sterling as expeditiously as possible."
In a conference call, Clippers Coach Doc Rivers said of Sterling's comments, "That doesn't sound like much of an apology to me."
"This attack on Magic is crazy," filmmaker Spike Lee told Cooper after the interview. "He's messing with the wrong brother. Magic is loved by everybody around the world. And the talk about some other stuff that has nothing to do with nothing is ridiculous."
Before I saw any of the interview, sports talk host Steve Mason tweeted, "This Sterling interview w/@andersoncooper is more damning than the original tape..." He's right.
Meanwhile: Sterling referred to his wife Shelly as his "ex-wife," and in her own embarrassing TV interview she told Barbara Walters she had been consulting divorce lawyers for two decades. She said the Sterlings have been estranged for a year.