"Yes, I was baited," Sterling, 80, told CNN's Anderson Cooper 360
in an interview to be broadcast on Monday. "I mean, that's not the
way I talk. I don't talk about people for one thing, ever. I talk
about ideas and other things. I don't talk about people."
More than two weeks have passed since an audio recording emerged in
which Sterling chastised a female friend for appearing in public
with "black people," including retired NBA great Earvin "Magic"
The comments, recorded with Sterling's consent according to an
attorney for the woman he criticized on the tape, caused a fire
storm of outrage after they were posted online by the celebrity
The league slapped Sterling with a $2.5 million fine after he
admitted the voice on the recording was his. The NBA owners have
started the process of forcing him to sell the team, which he bought
in 1981 for $12.5 million and is now worth at least $575 million,
according to Forbes. Meanwhile, his wife, Shelly Sterling, said she
believed the comments might point to dementia. She told ABC News her
husband had said he didn't remember making the remarks that were on
"I said, 'Well, this is the tape.' And he says, 'Hmm. I don't
remember it,'" Shelly Sterling said. "That's when I thought he had
Asked about his comments about former Los Angeles Lakers player
Johnson, Sterling said, "If I said anything wrong, I'm sorry."
"Has he done everything he can do to help minorities? I don't think
so. But I'll say it, he's great. But I don't think he's a good
example for the children of Los Angeles."
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The woman Sterling was speaking with on the tape, 31-year-old V.
Stiviano, had a low national profile before the recording of
Sterling's comments was released. She had been a fixture at Clippers
games and was often seen with Sterling at social events.
"An 80-year-old man is kind of foolish, and I'm kind of foolish.
I thought she liked me and really cared for me. I guess being 51
years older than her, I was deluding myself," Sterling said of the
relationship. "I just wish I could ask her why, and if she was just
setting me up."
(Reporting by Scott Malone in Boston; Editing by Colleen Jenkins and
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