Disgraced Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling has broken his silence one week after the NBA banned him for life due to making racist remarks against African-Americans.
In a new recorded conversation released by RadarOnline.com Thursday, Sterling can be heard telling a long-time friend that he is not a racist.
"You think I’m a racist? You think I have anything in the world but love for everybody? You don’t think that! You know I’m not a racist!” Sterling emphatically tells his friend.
Later he adds:
"It breaks my heart that Magic Johnson, a guy that I respect so much, wouldn’t stand up and say, ‘Well, let’s get the facts. Let’s get him and talk to him.’ Nobody tried. Nobody!”
Sterling specifically mentions Johnson presumably because he can be heard scolding former confidant V. Stiviano for posting a picture with the NBA legend on her Instagram account, when the initial recorded conversation he had with her was posted on TMZ.
Sterling also says on the new recording, "Do you think I told the coach to get white players? Or to get the best player he can get?"
When asked about the NBA trying to force him to sell the Clippers, Sterling responds, "You can't force somebody to sell property in America. I'm a lawyer. That's my opinion."
This all comes after NBA commissioner Adam Silver dropped the hammer on Sterling via a lifetime ban from the NBA and a $2.5 million fine last week. The Clippers owner was heard telling Stiviano, "Don't bring Black people to [Clippers games]," among other egregious statements against African-Americans, on a recorded conversation first posted by TMZ.
Silver has since implored the NBA’s 10-member finance/advisory committee to begin the removal of Sterling as an owner. It will take three-fourths of league owners to vote against Sterling to force him to sell the Clippers, although he has made it clear that he will fight such a ruling with a lawsuit.
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