Donald Sterling is under fire yet again. The LA Clippers owner who claimed he was “baited” by his ex-girlfriend after she released the ‘racist’ recording of his views towards African-Americans, appeared on CNN with Anderson Cooper where he launched a verbal assault on NBA star turned media mogul Magic Johnson, focusing on his battle with HIV, his character and that he and other wealthy African-Americans do not support their own.
“He acts so holy. I mean, he made love to every girl in every city in America,” said Sterling. “And he had AIDS.”
Said Sterling of Johnson during his interview: “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? I think he should be ashamed of himself. I think he should go into the background. But what does he do for the black people? He doesn’t do anything.”
“Do you know what I do?” Sterling went on to say. “I spend millions on giving away and helping minorities. Does he do that? That’s one problem I have. Jews, when they get successful, they will help their people. And some of the African-Americans — maybe I will get in trouble again — they don’t want to help anybody. What has Magic Johnson really done for children’s hospital, which kids are lying in the hallways? They are sick. They need a bed. What has he done for any hospital? What has he done for any group? I don’t know. Maybe he’s done a lot. I know he’s successful in business. But I’m not interested in business any more at all. I’m interested in helping people.”
Cooper quickly stated that Johnson owned movie theaters and went on to say later: “Just for the record, his charity, the Magic Johnson Foundation, which he founded in 1991, gets high ratings from Charity Navigator,”. It currently has four stars, the best rating possible. The foundation provides funds, HIV/AIDS awareness, testing and treatment, as well as scholarships and mentoring for minority students and other support ethnically diverse urban communities. It’s spent many millions of dollars on these programs over the last 20 years. And as chairman and CEO of Magic Johnson Enterprises, I should point out, Johnson has also invested heavily, again, millions, in underserved urban communities. Apparently, Donald Sterling does not know those facts.”
“It’s sad. It really is. I’m going to pray for this … man,” Johnson told Cooper.
He said that he received many calls after the Sterling interview aired and in particular, he mentioned Tyler Perry and Spike Lee were quite upset.
“I’m really disturbed by the fact that when he called me he should have said, ‘Magic, I’m sorry,” Johnson said.
Sterling “can’t buy his way out of this one. He has bought his way out of all the other situations.
Can’t do it this time,” Johnson said noting Sterling should retire. “You’re 80 years old. You’ve had a tremendous life. And you’re going to benefit, whatever the price tag is, from this team selling. Just go ahead and enjoy the rest of your life,” Johnson said.
“You’re fighting a battle that you can’t win.”