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Donald Sterling apologizes, says ‘not a racist’

Donald Sterling apologizes, says ‘not a racist’

Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, center, and V. Stiviano, left, watch the Clippers play the Los Angeles Lakers during an NBA preseason basketball game in Los Angeles on Monday, Dec. 19, 2011. NBA spokesman Mike Bass said in a statement Saturday, April 26, 2014, that the league is in the process of authenticating the validity of the recording posted on TMZ's website. Bass called the comments "disturbing and offensive." Photo: Associated Press/AP Photo/Danny Moloshok

LOS ANGELES (AP) — In his first public comments since being banned for life from the NBA, Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling apologized for racist comments captured on tape, saying they were a “terrible mistake.”

In the interview taped Sunday and set to air Monday with CNN’s Anderson Cooper, Sterling says he’s “not a racist,” he loves the league, his partners and believes he’s “entitled to one mistake” after more than three decades as an owner.

The interview came nearly two weeks after NBA Commissioner Adam Silver banned Sterling for his comments, fined him $2.5 million and urged the other league owners to force him to sell the team.

Sterling said he waited to make a public apology because he was “emotionally distraught” and he didn’t know how to correct his mistake.

 

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