Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Donald Sterling Slams Magic Johnson, Says he Should be Ashamed he Got AIDS!

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Donald Sterling’s interview with Anderson Cooper finally aired yesterday, and it was even more bizarre than was expected. Despite insisting that he is not a racist and has no problem with Magic Johnson, Sterling spent a good chunk of his interview blasting Magic and his disease.

Johnson has been a central figure in the controversy since the recording of Sterling speaking with friend V. Stiviano surfaced last month on TMZ. As criticism over the recording spread, Johnson was among the first to say that Sterling should be forced to sell the team. And now, as Sterling faces a lifetime ban, a $2.5 million fine for the remarks and the possibility that fellow NBA owners could force him to sell the team he's owned for more than 30 years, he claims Johnson is angling for control of the Clippers.Continue...
 Sterling said that he waited so long to apologize about the recording because Johnson, who led the Los Angeles Lakers to five NBA championships, called him and told him to remain silent.
Sterling says Johnson told him:

"I know the girl, don't do anything. I'll help you." I think he wanted me to just do nothing so he could buy the team,"  

Sterling, 80, slammed the former Los Angeles Lakers player's character and his battle with HIV, saying Johnson hasn't done anything to help others.

"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." 
What has he done? Can you tell me? Big Magic Johnson, what has he done?" Sterling said.

Sterling, who is Jewish, said Jewish people spend great amounts of money helping other Jews who are poor while rich black people turn their backs to people in need.
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," he said.

Cooper asked, "So are you saying that African-Americans don't contribute to African-American communities as much as Jewish people --"
Sterling -- measured for much of the interview -- cut Cooper off and snapped back.
"There's no African-American --," he said, raising his voice. "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 responds

In a series of Twitter posts after the interview aired, Johnson fired back, but he didn't respond to the specific allegations.
"I'd rather be talking about these great NBA Playoffs than Donald Sterling's interview. After this week, no more Sterling talk. Just the NBA Playoffs," he said

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