It took more than two weeks, but disgraced Clippers owner Donald Sterling has finally issued a public apology for making a series of racist remarks that were caught on tape.
“[I] made a mistake and I’m apologizing and I’m asking for forgiveness,” Sterling told CNN. “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. I made a terrible mistake. I’m here to apologize.”
Sterling’s apology, which is set to air on May 12, comes 16 days after the release of audio of a conversation in which Sterling can allegedly be heard scolding an acquaintance for bringing African-Americans to Clippers games and for posting photos with African-Americans.
The 80-year-old Sterling, who has owned the Clippers for 33 years, told CNN that the delay in his apology was due to the fact that he is “emotionally distraught.”
NBA commissioner Adam Silver fined Sterling $2.5 million and banned him from attending NBA games, practices, the Clippers’ facilities, and all personnel decisions, and the NBA’s 10-member advisory/finance committee voted unanimously to pursue Silver’s plan to oust Donald Sterling and complete an ownership change.
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