In a CNN interview that aired Monday, disgraced Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling sat down with Anderson Cooper to apologize for his racist remarks that were made public in a leaked audiotape.
That was the intention, anyway. At various points during his Anderson Cooper 360° interview, the 80-year-old billionaire slammed Hall of Famer Magic Johnson and even accused Cooper of being a racist.
Donald, who was fined $2.5 million and has been banned for life from the NBA, chastised Johnson for his 1991 HIV diagnosis. "I think [Johnson] should be ashamed of himself," Donald told Cooper. "I think he should go into the background. But what does he do for the black people? He doesn't do anything."
"He's got AIDS," Donald said. "What has he done, big Magic Johnson? What has he done?"
"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 I prayed for him, I hope he could live and be well," Donald said. "I didn't criticize him. I could have. Is he an example for children?" Cooper corrected the octogenarian, explaining that Johnson is indeed HIV-positive but does not have "full-blown AIDS."