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Sterling stirs new dispute with Magic-HIV remarks

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 09:26 a.m. HST, May 13, 2014

LOS ANGELES >> An interview that was supposed to be an attempt at rehabilitation instead had Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling facing fresh rebukes as he went from apologizing for recent racist remarks to slamming Magic Johnson, repeatedly bringing up the ex-NBA star's HIV status and calling him an unfit role model for children.

"He's got AIDS!" Sterling said loudly at one point in the interview, cutting off CNN's Anderson Cooper as the interviewer attempted to cite Johnson's accomplishments after Sterling asked, "What has he done, big Magic Johnson, what has he done?"

The comments earned Sterling quick condemnation from the league that was already trying to rid itself of the owner.

Commissioner Adam Silver, who gave Sterling a lifetime ban and $2.5 million fine two weeks ago, issued a statement saying, "while Magic Johnson doesn't need me to, I feel compelled on behalf of the NBA family to apologize to him that he continues to be dragged into this situation and be degraded by such a malicious and personal attack."

"The NBA Board of Governors is continuing with its process to remove Mr. Sterling as expeditiously as possible," the commissioner added.

Sterling's estranged wife, Shelley Sterling, watched her husband's interview and told NBC's "Today" show that he may be losing his mental faculties.

"He's not the man I know, or I knew," she said. "There's something wrong. I really think, personally, he has dementia.

"I don't think it happened overnight. I think it's been happening, but nobody really knew the reason. I mean, he gets crazy, and yells, and screams, and hollers one moment. The next moment he'll ... talk about something else. I mean it's like nothing makes sense."

Johnson, who is scheduled to appear on Cooper's show to reply on Tuesday, wrote on his Twitter account that "I'd rather be talking about these great NBA Playoffs than Donald Sterling's interview."

Johnson later Tweeted, "After this week, no more Sterling talk."

Sterling changed course briefly during the interview to call Johnson "a good person," but soon resumed his criticism.

"He acts so holy," Sterling said. "He made love to every girl in every city in America, and he had AIDS, and when he had those AIDS, I went to my synagogue and I prayed for him, I hope he could live and be well. I didn't criticize him. I could have. Is he an example for children?"

Cooper corrected Sterling, explaining that Johnson was HIV-positive but did not have "full-blown AIDS."

Sterling briefly adjusted his language but not his tone.

"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?" Sterling said. "I think he should be ashamed of himself."

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iwanaknow wrote:
So.........is Ms V. still Sterling's BFF? or has than train left the station?
on May 12,2014 | 03:15PM
cojef wrote:
Guess billionaires are no special breed, they get down dirty too, in the gutter.
on May 12,2014 | 03:33PM
false wrote:
Truth hurts, no?
on May 13,2014 | 07:42AM
lowtone123 wrote:
Gone, he's not relevant anymore and the gravy train has stopped. She's clinging to someone else now.
on May 13,2014 | 07:37AM
Jonas wrote:
He dumped her when he found out that she's a minority.
on May 12,2014 | 03:41PM
CriticalReader wrote:
Magic's HIV was admitted by Magic to be the result of promiscuity. For months afterward, and as she discussed in interviews, his wife was terrified she and her unborn child were infected with HIV. To that extent, he became an example, but one of what not to do. Effective as an HIV/AIDS fundraiser and spokesperson? Definitely. Admirable? Mixed bag, actually. Is it fair game for a parent to have a birds and bees talk with their kid and say, "don't be like Magic Johnson - promiscuous, uncareful, and potentially infecting partners."??? I think so. So, if a parent can tell their kid, "don't be like Magic, don't do what he did, it's bad to be like Magic," maybe Sterling isn't too far off the mark.
on May 12,2014 | 06:09PM
WalkoffBalk wrote:
Oh oh, it's magic!
on May 12,2014 | 09:38PM
Skyler wrote:
Tragic Johnson is definitely not a role model.
on May 12,2014 | 10:59PM
BuhByeAloha wrote:
The weasel commissioner Adam Silver is just trying to make a name for himself. His personal comments behind closed doors should be recorded and played for the world to hear. I'm sure that you could find something objectionable in there. (like everyone else on this planet.)
on May 13,2014 | 06:17AM
Dawg wrote:
What are you talking about?
on May 13,2014 | 07:14AM
Dawg wrote:
OMG! how did this guy become so influential? Time for a sanity check on money and power for such weak charactered people. Even Ke Akua will have a tough time with this aberration. He should be fed to Lono.
on May 13,2014 | 07:12AM
rigormortis wrote:
Who, MJ or DS
on May 13,2014 | 04:57PM
lowtone123 wrote:
The more Sterling opens his mouth, the more garbage comes out of it.
on May 13,2014 | 07:38AM