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Final Word: Donald Sterling's tale is sadly entertaining

In this Dec. 19, 2011, file photo, Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling gestures while watching the Clippers play the Los Angeles Lakers during an NBA preseason basketball game in Los Angeles. Sterling only dug himself into a deeper hole after slamming Magic Johnson when he was supposed to be atoning for his own racist remarks. But he's not the first celebrity to learn the perils of making a non-apology apology. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok, File)

The Donald Sterling interview is flat out entertaining.

It's an overly long, rambling interview with a pathetic old man who has been surrounding himself with fans substituting as friends for too long.

In an effort to persuade, or perhaps shame, other NBA owners into allowing Sterling to keep ownership of his Los Angeles Clippers, he agreed to a one-on-one interview with Anderson Cooper.

His goal? Convince America, and by default the owners who hold his fate in their hands, that he is not a racist.

Never mind that an interview like that is like a murder trial where the prosecution has an HD videotape of the killing.

Sterling is such a big fan of his own program that he actually thinks he can get away with such a feat. It's really not surprising.

With a net worth just south of $2 billion, Mr. Sterling can afford the finest of anything but there's only so much good food, good wine and good real estate to enjoy. Without people in your life, all the material goods in the world are pretty worthless.

If you have as much as Donald Sterling, you need to be a little more selective about who you hang out with. You'll probably find way too many people who are willing to go along with anything you propose. If you're not too careful, you'll wind up surrounding your self ONLY with people who will agree with you and never challenge you. After a while, your craziness will start to sound very reasonable to you.

I think that's what happened to Donald Sterling.

His wife obviously can't stand to be with him. She filed for divorce 20 years ago, but hasn't quite found the time to sign on the dotted line. Do I need to tell you why?

It's sad, really, that someone can get to the point of being as crazy as Sterling, and yet have no idea how far off the rails he is.

About the Author

Karie Dozer is host of Arizona's Noon News.

She has been an on-air personality nearly continually since her college days. She loves radio because it is intelligent, immediate and almost always available.

She is the youngest of nine children from a Midwestern Catholic family where she learned to be heard, fight for a place at the table and find humor in almost everything. She was hired as a news intern while a senior at ASU's Cronkite School, and found that covering human stories like the OJ Simpson white Bronco chase and the 1992-93 Phoenix Suns was too much fun to pass up.

She loved life in the newsroom with all the action and crazy personalities to go with it. She anchored and covered some sports too, until politics dragged her away. She served as press secretary for Arizona's Attorney General Grant Woods for a five-year stint before jumping back to radio on a part-time basis. Three years ago she got back in the biz on a more regular basis as a midday host on what is now KTAR News. She has a passion for the breaking news of the moment, education, local politics, great food, sports and fitness. She has trouble turning down a good argument, a good book or a good glass of wine.

In her spare time she takes care of her boys, (husband Rich, son Jack, and yellow lab Buddy,) and bakes awesome chocolate chip cookies. She enjoys the quality of life the Valley offers her family and the natural beauty of Arizona. Her favorite places are golf courses, her own kitchen, the city of Flagstaff, and wherever her family is.

She considers herself lucky to work with the amazingly talented people of KTAR radio.


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