“We Should Pray For Him” Magic Johnson Responds To Donald Sterling’s Interview

May 14, 2014  |  

If you saw the Donald Sterling interview with Anderson Cooper, you know that he attempted to slander Magic Johnson on basically everything he stands for. He attacked him to the core. He said Magic Johnson had AIDS. (False) Said he wasn’t a good role model and doesn’t do enough for the black community. It’s laughable, really. We know what it is but still, Magic Johnson wanted to clarify a few things. In an interview with TMZ, he broke it down for us.

Check out the highlights from the interview below and then listen to the entire thing.

HIV or AIDS and whether or not he’s a role model

I think when you come on, you should have your facts straight. I don’t’ have AIDS. I have HIV. Been living with HIV for 22 years. That’s his opinion if he thinks I’m not a role model.

What he’s done for the urban community? 

Magic lists his accomplishments

– sent 10,000 minorities to college

– 150 students on scholarship

– put 50,000 minorities to work through his businesses

– built 18 technology centers so kids can have access to computers

– food and toy drives

– job fairs

“I touch urban America in so many different ways. And I’m proud of my work.”

“Then he said, ‘What does he do, work for the Dodgers?’ Well, I think he got it a little wrong. I’m the owner of the Dodgers.”

Claims that he spoke to Sterling after the audio broke

“Donald Sterling reached out to me. I took the call and I’m the one–he wanted me to go on Barbara Walters with him and try to save him and his reputation. I told him I would not go on the show with him. And I told him you should seek the advice of your attorney and try to make this go away, whether that’s making a deal with her, whatever the case may be. And no. 1 you’ve got to apologize not only to me but to all minorities out there. Because you haven’t apologized yet. He said, ‘Oh, oh no I’m going to get to that.’ Harvey not once, even today he has never apologized or to the other minorities he’s offended.”

What he thinks about Donald Sterling and this whole debacle. 

“Well you know, we got to pray for the man. I’m not going to sit here and let Donald Sterling disrupt my day, my year, my month. I’m a guy whose very secure with myself. I’m one of the most honest guys you’ll ever talk to. I got the respect of people and my partners for a reason. I don’t steal, I don’t set people up. I don’t do those type of things. I don’t know that young lady. I took a picture and all of a sudden I’m in the middle of this mess.  But at the same time I will not let you attack me without responding. I responded for myself, you don’t want me to come to your games, I won’t come. You don’t want blacks to come, well I’m going to fight for those people because I’m a proud black man. I’m one of the leaders in the black community and I take that role seriously. So I don’t have any ill feelings toward Donald. I think we all should try to get him some help. “

And last but not least, he should point the anger at the young lady that he’s in love with that put this out. I have nothing to do with this. You put me in it by saying those terrible things about me.

I think his strategy is to attack me and also pit both communities [Jewish and Black] against each other. But it’s not going to work. I got calls and text messages from both communities, all walks of people, supporting me. It’s just a shame and it’s disturbing Harvey to see him sit there. It’s sad. It’s actually, it’s sad. We just gotta pray for him.

And I just hope that he understands sometimes you gotta look up and say, I just should go and do my thing. It’s been a good ride with the team, let me sell it because I did say these bad things and just move on with your life. And then also don’t do no more interviews. I don’t’ want to be sitting here doing interviews. I’m supposed to be working, I’m supposed to be celebrating. But I’m sitting here doing interviews about something that has nothing to do with me.

Magic Johnson is such a classy dude that we believe there were probably just ten people, most likely racists, across the globe who believed any negativity Sterling spewed about him. He didn’t need to defend himself. But I find it interesting that Sterling wanted Magic to join him on Barbara Walters…for what, sir? Sterling really might need some help. Check out Magic’s full interview with TMZ in the video below.

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  • Yolanda Harris

    I don’t think I could have been half as classy as Magic if someone had said such hateful and inaccurate things about me.
    Sterling doesn’t only need prayer, he needs handlers. Someone needs to keep this crazy, racist man from doing any more interviews.

    • mmmdot

      Girl, Sterling is *fully* aware of what he is saying. Trust me. Don’t you notice how it’s gotten progressively easier for white people to say racist sxxt and then call black people racist for pointing it out? Who thought the war on drugs would in reality, be the war on race? Who thought that tiny bits of whitewashing of history would lead to the (attempted) complete overhaul of truth that allows racists like Cliven Bundy to OPENLY claim that chattel slavery was better for black people in 2014, while other white people say he isn’t racist? Or for the K*K to claim that they aren’t racist, and that they just want to help white people. White people have actually had the audacity to compare the NAACP to the K*K. The slow boiling pot is the greatest danger to all non-white people. The next time someone makes you feel like you are spending to much time pointing out racism, remember the slow boiling pot. The small things that are overlooked become cogs in the big racist machine.

  • mmmdot

    I’ll pray for his old racist azz to die. That’s about it. He’s is *NOT* harmless. Sterling is a malicious, crafty racist, who has SYSTEMATICALLY engaged in housing discrimination, job discrimination, and wage discrimination against black people and got away with it for YEARS. He’s not being “unwittingly” racist, he’s being himself: A racist white Republican. According to the LA Times, *AFTER* he got fined by the government for housing discrimination against blacks this BILLIONAIRE racist piece of sxxt LIED about making donations of up to $20 million to various nonprofits servicing the Black community while he actually gave $5,000 to $20,000 to dozens of groups, totaling only $1.4 million. Why? So he could claim that he couldn’t possibly be racist to black people because he gave “millions” of donations to us “inferior”, “dirty” blacks in advertisements. So I wish the writer wouldn’t diminish how strategic he is by claiming that he “needs some help.” Sterling is fully aware that his “lazy, dysfunctional black people want handouts” stereotype appeals to the majority of white people in this country even if it’s not true. They have already been saying the same thing about welfare and affirmative action for years.

    Sterling also used the black “buck” stereotype when he criticized Magic Johnson for being oversexed and contracting “AIDS” because he couldn’t control himself–even though Sterling’s had a string of whxres that were half his age for years. But again, Sterling knows many whites feel that black sexuality is deviant and dysfunctional. So lets not play dumb.

    I know Magic’s is a businessman, but he needs to stop: A) blaming anyone else but Sterling and his racism for this situation. If Sterling wasn’t a racist there wouldn’t have been anything to record. Period. B) pretending like there isn’t a rift between white Jews and black people–I’ve heard for YEARS that black Jews are experiencing a racial apartheid in Israel. At least Sterling’s racist azz managed to get caught talking about how GLOBALIZED racism is. Now people will stop treating me like I’m overreacting when I say racism and white supremacy are GLOBALIZED.

    • KjB

      I Agree with everything you said but for got 1 thing. As long as we have “blacks” that think racism has diminish, because we have a “Black” President we’ve come to a point in America where we should allow this issue to be placed on the back burner. It’s usually the progressive black’s that have their Ivy league education, work in upper management for some corporation (The Clippers), and attending meetings where their only one (Black) there and skinning and grinning (selling their soul to the devil), to agree that racism is moving out of America. These are the black’s that give Sterling the courage to make these crazy comments and think nothing of it. He surrounds himself with the type blacks, who think they did it on their own and one should pull your own-self up so he can think “I’m not a racist, I have black friends and they come to my home. Case in point, the fool that approved the NAACP award for his philanthropy in the “black community” that they were about to give to Sterling, then had to resign after being made a fool by his “friend”.

      • mmmdot

        But haven’t we always had to deal with Uncle Toms who are only out for themselves and will sell other black people down the river for their own sake? What we’ve got to do is educate ourselves and educate each other about how systematic racism is. Particularly black children. I read somewhere that two-thirds of the media only concentrates on individual racism as opposed to the structural racism that individual racism stems from. So we need to teach them, so they don’t grow up to be ignorant Toms that let their white “friends” use them as an excuse to say racial slurs or tell racist jokes. And adults who are socially aware can’t let white people off the hook for their racism either.

        We need to have another mass black narrative then “just ignore it and pray for them/ feel sorry for them/ laugh it off” and “don’t stir up trouble, go along to get along.” If racism were just the crazy mofos in white hoods or the cowardly racist trolls slinging racial slurs from behind anonymous keyboards, it wouldn’t be nearly the force in this world that it is. The New York Daily News recently reported that Sterling is the single largest owner of apartment buildings in Los Angeles County–when he’s engaging housing discrimination were the hell do you think the majority of black people in that area are being forced to live? In poor neighborhoods with poor, underfunded schools. Racism is a huge, systemic, deeply-rooted plague that is everywhere and affects everything in our government, in our entertainment, in our literature, in our corporations, in our language. It is as insidious and subtle just as often as it is open and obvious. We need to accept that white people are racist, and stop giving them the benefit of the doubt. Unless they are white people who are actively anti-racist, black people need to smarten up and assume that any white people they come across are consciously or subconsciously racist until proven otherwise.

  • SunFlower78

    I watched both interviews (Sterling and Magic)…Johnson is right, this man is 80 years old, with a lot of what views on racial and social issues he has (was taught and in breaded in him). Most likely his mind is not going to change so all you can do is Pray that his heart does before he passes. If you claim to be a Christian, Muslim, Jewish…what ever then you should always want people to find salvation in the GOD.

  • Rosetta Stone

    Pray for him. Then kick him off a cliff.

  • Berlynn Sparks

    come on now you got caught so leave well enough alone and go on about your day.

  • robbiecee

    @Magic. I don’t know if I can do it. This man is evil to the core and does not have the capacity to be remoresful about anything or anybody!

  • CAliQueen

    I take a little solace knowing that It can’t be easy for this man to carry around all that hatred in his heart. Magic is right, he needs prayer.

  • Lovinglife

    Yes … Pray for him, but ban him still! These folks who say, “I’m sorry, but or I apologize, but…” are NOT truly remorseful…they are only sorry they got caught — Donald Sterling especially!