Donald Sterling is breaking his silence.
Nearly two weeks after the NBA fined him and banned him for life after he made racist remarks in a recorded conversation, the former Clippers owner taped an interview for CNN's AC360 airing Monday. "I'm not a racist," Donald told Anderson Cooper. "I made a terrible mistake. I'm here to apologize."
In his first interview since being fired, Donald pleaded for empathy. "I'm a good member who made a mistake," Donald said. "Am I entitled to one mistake, am I after 35 years? I mean, I love my league, I love my partners. Am I entitled to one mistake? It's a terrible mistake, and I'll never do it again."
Donald said he waited to publicly apologize because he was "emotionally distraught."
"The reason it's hard for me, very hard for me, is that I'm wrong," he explained. "I caused the problem. I don't know how to correct it."
He would consider returning to to league, however. "If the owners feel I have another chance, then they'll give it to me," he said.