Sterling talks to CNN’s Anderson Cooper and right after that Commissioner Adam Silver responds with his own statement.
He had a lot of words to say about Magic Johson
“He acts so holy. He made love to every girl in every city in America and he had AIDS. And when he had those AIDS I went to my synagogue and prayed for him. I hope he could live and be well. I didn’t criticize him. I could have. Is he an example for children? Because he has money he is able to treat himself…. He is irrelevant in this thing….
“He’s got AIDS. Did he do any business? Did he help anybody in South LA?… What kind of a guy goes to every city and has sex with every girl and he catches it, HIV, is that somebody 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. What does he do for the black people? The Jewish people have a company, it’s for people who want to borrow money at no interest. We want to give them a fishing pole. We want to help people. You don’t have any money, we’ll loan it to you, without any interest. One day you’ll pay us back. I’m just telling you he does nothing, he’s all talk.”
“I think he wanted me to just do nothing so he could buy the team. He thought maybe the whole thing would be resolved in two weeks. What has he done? Can you tell me? Big Magic Johnson, what has he done?”
Directly apologizing to Magic Johnson. Silver said “I just read a transcript of Donald Sterling’s interview with Anderson Cooper and 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. The NBA Board of Governors is continuing with its process to remove Mr. Sterling as expeditiously as possible.”
Sterling’s obviously a belligerent idiot, his cancer has eaten at him and any sense he has or ever had is gone.
On the legal aspect however, Sterling says in the interview that he made a mistake and didn’t mean to say those things that he did. The courts and our legal system have no real jurisdiction to legally dismiss Donald as the owner from the team. Morally there is plenty of ground to work a case on Sterling but that’s just not how our legal system works. It’ll be interesting to follow this as the owners rule on their position and see this story unfold. Which will be in a few years, if not longer.