From between the now-notorious jaws of Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, a high-profile mea culpa.
“I’m a good member who made a mistake and I’m apologizing and I’m asking for forgiveness,” he told CNN‘s Anderson Cooper in an exclusive interview set to air Monday.
“Am I entitled to one mistake, am I after 35 years? I mean, I love my league, I love my partners,” Sterling added. “Am I entitled to one mistake? It’s a terrible mistake, and I’ll never do it again.”
Sterling, 80, has been banned from the NBA for life and was slapped with a $2.5 million fine after an audio recording of his racist statements were made public, a circumstance that rocked the sports world.
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver wants the other 29 team owners to force Sterling to sell the Clippers.
“I’m not a racist,” Sterling told Cooper, CNN reported. “I made a terrible mistake. I’m here to apologize.”
[sharequote align=”center”]“I’m not a racist. I made a terrible mistake. I’m here to apologize.”[/sharequote]
“If the owners feel I have another chance, then they’ll give it to me,” he added.
If the owners vote on the matter, 75% of them would have to agree to force Sterling out.
A brief clip of the interview via YouTube: