When lawyers tell their clients not to speak, they’ll use Donald Sterling as an example.
The Clippers owner spoke with CNN’s Anderson Cooper and managed to only make himself look worse, if that was even possible.
To be fair, Sterling did make an apology, saying, “I’m a good member who made a mistake and I’m apologizing and I’m asking for forgiveness, 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.”
So, he wants forgiveness, but he’ll never forgive Magic Johnson … for anything. This is where Sterling’s hypocrisy comes in.
He said this about the former Lakers guard: “What kind of guy goes to every city, has sex with every girl, then he goes and catches HIV. Is that someone we want to respect and tell our kids about? I think he should be ashamed of himself. I think he should go into the background. And what does he do for black people? He hasn’t done anything.”
Not only is he hypocritical when asking for forgiveness when not extending to others, he’s hypocritical to call Johnson out for his past dalliances considering Sterling was buying a woman 50 years his junior, V. Stiviano, fancy cars and houses. No, it wasn’t out of love.
After the racist recordings were released, Sterling said he was answering Stiviano’s questions in hopes he could later get her into bed. It’s worth pointing out that Sterling is still married and is technically committing adultery (yes, the Sterling marriage is a sham, but the couple has never divorced).
If the hypocrisy wasn’t enough, Sterling showed his self-righteousness during his interview with Cooper, when he added this nugget:
“That’s one problem I have,” he told Cooper. “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.”
In other words, Sterling, who is Jewish, has no respect for Magic Johnson and he simply thinks he’s better than Magic. If the NBA owners weren’t convinced after the original records were released, they better be now. The league’s only choice is to make Sterling disappear.