Donald Sterling is asking for your forgiveness.
The embattled Los Angeles Clippers owner sat down with Anderson Cooper yesterday for an interview that will air tonight on CNN.
During the exchange, Sterling took responsible for the racist remarks he made to V. Stiviano, while also denying talk that he actually is a racist.
"I'm not a racist," he reportedly told Cooper. "I made a terrible mistake. I'm here to apologize."
This interviews marks Sterling's first official comments about the audio recordings that hit the Internet last month, in which he berated Stiviano for being seen with African-Americans and in which he said she was "stupid" for thinking one's skin color doesn't matter.
In the sit-down with Cooper, Sterling admitted he was "wrong" for saying such things, but also claimed Stiviano "baited" him into doing so.
"I don't know, an 80-year-old man is kind of foolish, and I'm kind of foolish," he said. "I thought she liked me and really cared for me. I guess being 51 years older than her, I was diluting myself."
Poor Donald Sterling, huh folks?
Sterling insists the awful words heard by millions - including players, all of whom LeBron James said over the weekend do NOT want anyone associated with Sterling to own the Clippers - are "not the way I talk."
He also plans to fight the NBA and remain one of the league's owners.
"I'm a good member who made a mistake and I'm apologizing and I'm asking for forgiveness," Sterling told Cooper. "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 Sterling is a] bitch-ass redneck, white bread, chicken sh-t mother f-cker.Snoop Dogg
If I was a Clipper fan, I wouldnât be one anymore. Itâs that simple. But if I was a Clipper player, a current Clipper player, you wouldnât see me on the court anymore in that uniform.Lil Wayne
Donald sterling is the definition of racism .... He could b your judge.... Your doctor.....your teacher etc.Meek Mill
time for #Clippers players to step up. Refuse to play till NBA moves against this racist jackass #Sterling. NBA can't defend him.Keith Olbermann
When ignorant folks want to advertise their ignorance, you don't really have to do anything. You just let them talkâ¦ We've made enormous strides, but you're going to continue to see this percolate up every so often.Barack Obama
No one should be allowed to own a team if they have in fact engaged in this kind of racial language.Al Sharpton
It's a shame that Donald Sterling feels that way about African-Americans. He has a team full of amazing African-American basketball players that are working to bring a championship to Clippers fans. The Clippers also have a strong minority fan base.Magic Johnson
Shaquille O'Neal: Everyone has their thoughts. When your opinions and thoughts become public knowledge, the question is, now what? Another question is: will his team shut down on him and take his remarks personally?...I think the league should take a long hard look on whether this guy should continue to be an owner or not.