After hiding out for a couple of weeks, Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling is hitting the road and the airwaves in an attempt fix his otherwise fine reputation (Gasp!).
His first stop? CNN’s Anderson Cooper, where he apologizes for his racist comments while being recorded by ex-galpal V. Stiviano.
“I’m a good member who made a mistake and I’m apologizing and I’m asking for forgiveness,” he told Cooper in an exclusive interview that will air Monday on the Network.
“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… I’m not a racist,” Sterling told Cooper. “I made a terrible mistake. I’m here to apologize.”
Sterling said he didn’t speak up sooner because he was “emotionally distraught,” after the news broke. “The reason it’s hard for me, very hard for me, is that I’m wrong. I caused the problem. I don’t know how to correct it.”
“If the owners feel I have another chance, then they’ll give it to me,” he added.
Sterling of course was banned for life by the NBA and doesn’t look like his apology tour will change that. He didn’t make just one mistake as he claims – his racism is well documented, going back at least 20 years.