Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling repeatedly disparaged Magic Johnson’s HIV-positive status in his first public interview since his highly publicized controversy. The full interview, with CNN’s Anderson Cooper, aired Monday, where he told viewers that Magic was not a fit role model for children and dismissing his work in business and charity.
As previously reported, last month, his racist recordings emerged earned him a lifetime NBA ban, but some feel Sterling was anything but apologetic during the interview, making not-so-nice comments about Magic.
He’s got AIDS! What has he done, big Magic Johnson, what has he done?
He acts so holy. 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?
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.
The Clippers owner questioned the HIV-positive basketball great’s moral character, saying he is an unfit role model for children. Magic, who caught word of Sterling’s comments wrote on Twitter: