Talk about shooting yourself in the foot. Donald Sterling certainly didn’t get any media prepping before talking to Anderson Cooper in an interview that aired last night on CNN. While trying to explain the racist remarks that were captured on tape during a conversation with his former girlfriend, V. Stiviano, Sterling dug a deeper hole for himself, implying that Jewish people are more generous than black people, calling Magic Johnson out for contracting HIV, and said Cooper was the real racist, reports Business Insider.
As you may recall the recorded conversation with his girlfriend centered around her befriending the former basketball player and posting a picture of the two together on Instagram, much to Sterling’s dislike. Sterling told his girlfriend that she shouldn’t pose for photos with black people like Johnson.
In the CNN interview, Sterling openly criticized Johnson, this time for his illness. (He said Johnson has AIDS at first, but Cooper corrected him.)
“What kind of guy goes to every city and has sex with every girl, and then he catches HIV. Is that someone we should respect and tell our kids about? I think he should be ashamed of himself. I think he should go into the background.”
Then he also charged that Johnson really didn’t do much for people of color. “He’s got AIDS. Did he do any business? Did he help anybody in South L.A.?” he said. Sterling went on to accuse Johnson of angling to try and purchase the basketball team after Sterling was banned, claiming Johnson told him not to say anything after the tapes were revealed. (The newly-appointed CEO Richard Parsons noted the two-week delay in issuing the apology that Sterling gave before he set off on more offensive remarks.)
Sterling went on to compare Jews and black people, saying, “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. ” The Magic Johnson Foundation has promoted HIV/AIDS education and prevention over the years and supported organizations in urban locations to that end.
When Sterling tried to explain he was indeed NOT a racist, he accused Cooper of being one for some bizarre reason. “I think you have more of a plantation mentality than I do. I think you’re a bigger racist than I am,” he told Cooper.
Watch all five parts of the video here. And then let’s hope there’s nothing more from anyone associated with this horrible situation.