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more, the look on beyonce's face when the elevator opens, or the look on jay-z's face, i'm sorry, i know it is not funny, but it is. all right, thank you for watching. "ac360" starts right now. good evening, tonight, a "ac360" exclusive. magic johnson responding to the outrageous remarks that donald sterling made about him in recordings on line and in this program last night. magic johnson did not ask to be a part of this story, and when we asked him he made it much more clear he would rather talk about the nba playoffs. but in the conversation, he answered claims that sterling said he is not a very good role model, and his history with the clippers, first, it all started when had the woman, v. stiviano, posted a picture on her instagram page. donald sterling says it was jealousy, many others say it was
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flat-out racism. this is part of the conversation released. >> i saw someone i admire. i admire magic johnson. >> okay, good. >> i'm sorry, he has made a lot of changes for his community. for the world, the people, the minorities. he has helped a lot of people. >> i am finished talking to you. i have nothing more to say. >> and this is a picture with someone i admire. >> good. >> and he happens to be black, and i'm sorry. >> i think it is nice that you admire him. i know him well and he should be admired. and it is too bad you can't admire him privately. and during your entire [ bleep ] life, your whole life, admire him. you can do anything, but don't put him on the event. >> so now, magic johnson finds
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himself caught up in the controversy after merely taking a picture with someone, something he does countless times for fans every day. and in this audio it gets leaked. donald sterling went even further, much, much further, lashing out at magic johnson in a way that was simply shocking. >> here is a man who -- i don't know if i say this, 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 prayed for him. i hoped he could live and be well. i didn't criticize him. i could have, is he an example for children? you know, because he has money he is able to treat himself. but magic johnson is irrelevant in this thing. he didn't do anything harmful to anybody, and i respect him and
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admire everything he does. i would like to help even more if he would like to offer me an opportunity to help. i like to help minorities. >> he called you up when the tape came out and he told you not to say anything? >> yeah. >> why did he say don't say anything? >> he just said wait, be patient, i'll help you, we'll work it out. >> why do you think he said that? >> i think he wanted me to just do nothing so he could buy the team. he thought maybe the whole thing would be resolved in two weeks. what has he done? can you tell me? big magic johnson, what has he done? >> well, he is a business american. >> he has got aids, did he do any business? did he help anybody in south l.a.? >> i think he has hiv, not full-blown aids. >> what kind of guy goes to every city and has sex with every girl and then he catches hiv. is that somebody we want to respect and tell our kids about?
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i think he should be ashamed of himself. i think he should go into the background. but what does he do for the black people? he doesn't do anything. >> we'll have magic johnson's feelings about those particular comments in this hour. we begin this conversation today talking about the first record ing that surfaced. the recording that started it all. when you first heard the audiotape that was released a couple of weeks ago what did you think? >> well, i was just -- blown away. i was -- i couldn't believe that he had said those things, first of all. made those statements, those racist statements. and then you know, threw me in, don't bring him to my games. and so you personally attack me. and so -- i had known donald, not very well. i knew him, i have met with him three or four times, been to his office. >> so were you guys friends? >> i would say we were friends. my first trip, when i got here
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in l.a. over 35 -- about 35 years ago, i was taken to the beach house for his annual beach house party in the summertime. so that was one of the first things i did. so to reflect back to that, to the statements he made about myself and minorities, it was just -- disappointing. it was -- i was in disbelief that he would say these things. and then you know to throw me into the situation i don't know the young lady. barely know donald. so now i'm caught in the middle of this love affair, or whatever they have. and so it was sort of disappointing. but i had to respond in terms of okay, you don't want me to come to your games, i won't come to your games you don't have to worry about that. but also i was upset because he threw minorities in, african-americans, minorities into the situation.
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look, i'm one of the leaders of the black community so i can't let anybody attack our people and not respond. so that is why i responded. >> first of all you said you were photographed with v. stiviano, you were -- probably photographed with -- >> millions of people. >> he claim understand this interview i did him the other day he said you knew him and knew her well. >> i took a picture with her, looked like at a dodgers game. that is it. all i know of her. he says i'm trying to set him up, how am i trying to set you up? >> one of the things he said in the interview, let me play that part. he said to me that you called him up. he doesn't have your number, you called him up after the tape was released and told him to kind of lay low, don't say anything public. i want to play that. magic johnson, you know, has made a public comment. do you have anything to say to him? >> what can i say to him? it doesn't matter. it doesn't matter.
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i'm hurt. but it doesn't matter. >> you're hurt that he -- that he said he spoke out publicly? >> i'm hurt that he called me up and said don't do anything. wait until you hear from me. then somebody called me later and said he doesn't want to be involved. and then he released a tape that i sent to him, that i talked to him in confidence. >> these are the facts. i was sitting in my office. i get a call from donald sterling. >> he called you? >> he called me, i took the call. >> apparently he has your phone number. >> yes, his assistant called my assistant and she put him through. this is what happened. he asked me to go on the barbara walters show with him. >> this was a week and a half ago? >> he met with barbara on a friday. >> it was before that. i told him i wouldn't do it. i said the number one thing you need to do which you haven't done is apologize to everybody
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and myself. i'll get to that, i'll get to that. >> he wanted to go on barbara walters to sit next to him? >> next to him. >> to give him cover. >> and i said donald, you need to consult with your attorneys, you should deal with your attorneys and let them advise you what to do. but you need to go public and apologize to everybody. >> how did he respond? >> well, i'll apologize later but i want you to go on this show. he wanted me to go on this show with him. and i told him no, i wouldn't do it. and then i called adam, a great commissioner, and told him what had happened. >> you told adam that donald had just called. >> i wanted him to know what happened so he wouldn't be blindsided either. then i called all of my people to let them know that donald sterling called me. >> there was an attorney who said look, don't keep calling
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magic, don't keep calling magic. >> yes, because he wanted to call me again, my people, my attorneys and advisers said look, you can't be talking to donald. i said okay, so that is what happened. so we just called the attorney and said don't be personally calling me. because i didn't want him to feel that he could just call me because he had not apologized to me. this is really weird. i'm really disturbed by the fact that you know, when he called me he should have said magic, i'm sorry. >> right, i asked him specifically if he had apologized to you, and he said no. >> no. he didn't apologize at all. >> it seemed like a surprise to him that he would actually be expected to make an apology to you. >> well, he is the one that said don't bring magic to my games. so he is the one who made these comments. so i was expecting at least an apology. and the american public wanted an apology. he finally did that.
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but this is -- it is sad. when i saw that interview. it is sad. it really is, i'm going to pray for this young man, i hope donald can see the mistake that he has made. and also the people he has hurt along the way. and then what is really sad, it is not about me. this is about the woman you love outing you and taping you and putting your -- putting your conversation out here for everybody to know. that was not me. i didn't do that. i don't know this young lady. this is between you two. but then he wants to include me. and i'm not included in this situation. and then he wants to you know, ask me what i have done in the minority community. that is well documented what i have done. >> and we're going to talk about that in a moment. magic johnson was gracious, i want to say, throughout our interview, including a part that was frankly very uncomfortable to bring up. i played for him donald sterling's comments from when we
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one of the frankly strangest parts of my interview with donald sterling was his attack on magic johnson as a role model, somebody who has done a lot for his comfort and his very misinformed rant of magic johnson having aids, for the record, he does not have aids, he is hiv-positive. some of his responses. >> two comments that outraged a lot of people, i was shocked, frankly when he said them to me. listen to this. >> can you tell me, big magic johnson, what has he done? >> he is a business person, he has -- >> he has got aids, did he help anybody in south l.a.? >> well, i think he actually has hiv, he doesn't have full-blown aids. >> what kind of guy goes to every city and sleeps with every girl and catches aids? i think he should be ashamed of himself and go into the
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background. here is a man, i don't know if i say this -- 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 hoped he could live and be well. i didn't criticize him. i could have, is he an example for children? >> i'm embarrassed to even play this in front of you. >> yeah, yeah, well, you know, here is a man who we would think would be educated. and a man who would -- is smart enough to build his type of wealth and own a team that has an incredible platform to change the world. but he is doing it in a negative way. you know, first of all 22 years ago i announced that i did have hiv. and i came out like a man. you know, i told the world.
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>> because of -- the hiv virus that i have obtained, i will have to retire from the lakers today. >> i didn't blame nobody else. i understood what i did was wrong. okay? so i announced that to the world. and i hope that i was able to help people in doing that. and i think i did. >> you helped countless numbers of people. >> and i have been to hospice, hospitals, hugging people with hiv and aids, you know, before they were dying. or people who had -- didn't know if they could live a long time. i hugged them. i counseled them. i talked to them. i talk to them about taking their meds and making sure that they stay on their regimen, which is key. i talked to a lot of young people who had just gotten hiv and thought about committing suicide. and i talked them out of it. and then my foundation, we've
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given over a million dollars. i joined the hiv president and aids council. i have done a lot of work in the hiv community. >> the magic johnson foundation has done work for over 20 years. you have given millions and millions for hiv/aids, education, you have expanded out to other areas for people in under-served areas, community outreach. the idea you don't go out and do stuff, you don't put ads in the paper about what you do which is something that donald sterling has done but you do the work. >> yeah, i do the work and we work with great hiv organizations across this country, we partner with them. so i don't have to sit and publicize everything i do. it is not organic like that. look, i just feel sorry for him. i really do. it is sad. >> it is interesting to me that he clearly doesn't know the difference between aids and hiv,
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which is -- you know, whatever, a lot of people of probably don't understand that difference. but also that in this day and age he would bring this up as somehow -- what he feels is like a club to wield against you. and to me there is a larger issue here of discrimination against people with hiv. >> right. >> and attitudes towards people with hiv. and i was reading studies on the way over here. you know, there is still this stigma about hiv in this country. and i think some of what he said really -- it is like a teachable moment on this. there are still people who believe you should not -- you know, they don't want somebody work not guilty the kitchen who is serving them food and hiv positive. they don't want somebody working in the office, going in the same bathroom as them. there is still this stigma around them. >> anderson, our biggest fight in the hiv/aids community is stop discriminating against people who have hiv and aids. we have to continue to educate
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people just like donald sterling about those who are living with hiv and aids. and then the last thing, we have to continue to care for people who have it. i hope this doesn't set us back. the stigma is still there. we know that. we have been fighting it for years. and what we want to continue to do is just educate the world that it is okay, a person, you can high five a person who has hiv. it is okay. >> you can play on a sports steam with somebody. >> exactly, your kid can go to school with somebody, a kid who has hiv. there is nothing that is going to happen to them, so it is a shame that donald used this platform with you to instead of coming out and apologizing to the world which would have been great. and said you know what, i'm sorry i made some mistakes. and just left it there. magic johnson should not have been included in your conversation. because i have nothing to do with this. but since you put me in it again and then you want to try to
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disrespect me, the work that i have done in the minority community that really makes me upset. and then my competitive spirit comes out because i have done all of this great work. all the kids we've sent to college. i have 150 kids on scholarship right now. >> and again, this is not something you public -- and a young man talked about going to school, and you gave millions to open up churches in urban communities. and again, you don't trump this. even your business work. not your foundation work, even your business work is devoted to largely under-served communities, urban communities and bringing businesses in. you were instrumental in bringing in starbucks and all of these businesses into movie theaters. >> it was important that we have options that we can go and go have the best cup of coffee served by starbucks.
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but also it brought jobs. see it brings jobs. we have created thousands and thousands of jobs in urban america. those people can now walk to their job. they can take care of their families because of starbucks, 24-hour fitness, on and on, the magic johnson theaters. so i have continued to do good work in urban america. i will always do that. my whole life is devoted to urban america. so you know i just wish he knew the facts when he is talking. but he is a man who is upset and he is reaching. he is reaching. he is trying to find something he can grab onto to help him save his team and it is not going to happen. it is not going to happen. >> well, beyond the factually incorrect assertions that donald sterling made about magic johnson's track record of helping people, it seems to be the animosity that he has against him, which is misplaced.
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it is not lost on magic. >> he needs to address this young lady, because that is the problem. that is where the problem started. not with magic johnson, it started with his girlfriend. e
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. when i spoke with donald sterling, he maintained that he is a good team owner for the l.a. clippers and that other owners support him. he seemed to come hanging onto the idea that he can maintain ownership of the clippers and said the players actually love him. that is what he said. the players with the clippers still love him. when i brought out the fact that
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they wore their shirts on back wards, he said in if one did it, the others had to do it. >> we all have bills, we may work for an employer we don't love, i contend that they love me. >> you believe the players still love you? >> i do. >> you believe the players of the los angeles clippers love you? >> absolutely, they know i'm not a racist. >> why haven't they come forward and said that? >> well, you see people are intimidated by even the thought of racism. and around this world, they call me from australia, from london, and they ask me different media, are you a racist? i'm not a racist. >> well, despite what sterling may think, the nba is moving forward with their plan to oust him. i asked magic johnson if he thought the league was doing a
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good job with that and then the talk turns to v. stiviano, and the rift, and people not helping each other. >> and silver, the commissioner, did a wonderful job, abandoned him for life. now the board of governors have to do their job. and again, i'm going to pray for the man, even if i see him today, i'm going to say hello to donald and his wife, as well. i'm not a guy who holds grudges and all that. yes, am i upset? yes, of course. but at the same time i'm a god-fearing man. i'm going to pray for him and hope things work out for him. and he needs to address this young lady because that is the problem. that is where the problems started. not with magic johnson. it started with his girlfriend. >> i want to play one other thing he said that has gotten a lot of attention here. >> i remember when he came from detroit. he came to my house. you know, he was a great player. great player. but what i would like to know exactly -- what does he do?
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he works with the dodgers? >> he has a business -- >> do you know what i do? i spend millions on giving away and helping minorities. does he do that? that is one problem i have. jews, when they get successful, they will help their people. and. -- and some of the african-americans, maybe i'll get in trouble again. they don't want to help anybody. what has magic johnson done for children's hospitals which kids are lying in the hallways, they are sick, they need a bed. >> this larger idea that he has that african-americans somehow don't help other african-americans? >> you know, it is disturbing. it is sad, it is -- he didn't do his homework. tyler perry called me right after the interview. he was so upset.
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spike lee called me. i mean, look, we help each other. and you know, what we try to do is band together to see how we can better our community. we also give the information, because i'm successful, tyler is successful, on and on, on and on. we go back and educate the others on how they can become successful. so it is not just about giving them money it is about giving them the tools so that they can be successful in the african-american community. we work very well together. reverend sharpton, you have different people who always work together to make it better for the others and that is what we do. so it is a shame that he doesn't know what he is talking about. he didn't educate himself before he actually came on and talked to you. >> is this the donald sterling that you know? you only have talked to him a couple of times, hung out with him a couple of times. his wife indicated in an
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interview with barbara walters that perhaps he has early onset dementia. does this seem like the donald sterling you talked to earlier, without him seeing you face to face? >> i don't know this donald. you know, we had basketball conversations. we never had life conversations. i knew about the lawsuits and things that happened before. i didn't know that he would take it to this level. and -- >> do you believe that he is slipping? that he has some sort of dementia or do you think -- i mean, to me, i'm not a doctor. iouldn't do an interview with somebody i felt was not up to doing an interview. he certainly seemed lucid during the interview, remembered things that he had said, brought it back to the conversation when he wanted to. does he seem much different beyond the content of what he is saying, what he is speaking to? >> you know, i only judge by what he says.
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and he seems like he is all there. in your interview he is a guy who is making conversation. and he remembers time, dates, i mean, he remembered when i came to his beach house. and that was 35 years ago. so he can't be slipping that much. but the problem is he is living in the stone ages. he can't make those comments about african-americans or latinos he just can't do it. >> spike lee said he has messed with the wrong brother. >> you know, anderson, i'm always going to fight for myself and my people. i will never change. and so when he attacked me personally i have to speak out about it. >> well, magic johnson has a lot more to say tonight. donald sterling insists that the players still love him. you heard him say that. the fans don't say that, and it is the media out to get him, he says. >> here we are in the league
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well, we've heard magic johnson say tonight that he will pray for donald sterling and that he doesn't hold a grudge against the clippers owner, despite the fact he is the man refer his to in the now infamous recording. here he is. >> i think it is nice you admire him. i know him well and he should be admired. i am just saying too bad you can't admire him privately, and during your entire [ bleep ] life, your whole life, admire him, i don't care, he can do anything. but don't put it on this event for the world to see so they have to call me. >> i wanted to replay that, sort of the ugliness of it because i think it is powerful, especially when juxtaposed against the g y
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greatest of magic johnson, and this next part in my exclusive interview with magic johnson, we talk about the ugliness and the possible ownership and the estranged wife who may try to maintain control. that was one of the allegations, that magic johnson called him and told him to remain silent so that he could secretly take the clippers away from donald sterling. obviously all of that was a lie. >> in the league, there is over -- at least 75% of africa african-americans. he wants us for play for him, but he doesn't want us in the stands. he wants us to help him win the championship but he doesn't want us in the stands. the same thing happened in the housing, he wanted to
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discriminate against latinos and african-americans, it doesn't make sense. first of all, i don't know who is advising him because this interview was not good. >> yeah, i was going to say i told you before he went on. we got to his house, he doesn't have any media people there, there were no attorneys there. it seemed to be very much him. there were two friends of his giving him advice. but that was it. >> and again, he says i walk around like a holy. no, i lean on my faith but i don't walk around like i'm better than anybody. that is why i'm basically forgiving him. i'm not going to never not speak to him or anything. and then we think it is about this team. and anderson, look, he -- >> he claims the clippers still love him. he claims the players, he believes the players genuinely love him and they were just pressured by the media and others, really. >> really, now he is delusional. and not only the clippers don't love him. the other players in the nba
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don't love him. so the players have rallied together. now, the only thing they're waiting for is to see what is going to happen with the vote. and the board of governors. >> by the other owners? >> by the other owners. and i hope they understand we can't have this type of action in our league or in our society. we just can't have it. >> sterling claims that when push comes to shove. the players can play, the sponsors -- in the end, they have contracts, sponsors want to make money. everybody wants to make money. he clearly believe there is is a route for him to remain as owner of the l.a. clippers. >> can't buy his way out of this one. he has bought his way out of all the other situations, can't do it this time. >> do you think that goes for his estranged wife, shelly? right now it is a trust that owns the clippers. >> i don't know his wife, shell
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y, that well. so our commissioner, adam silver has to deal with that as well as the board of governors. so i can't tell you what is going to happen there. all i know is that donald sterling is not welcome back in the nba -- he should not be welcomed by the owners so i hope they voted right. but the players, former players and the fans i was there the other night at the clipper game don't want to see donald sterling as the owner anymore. now, what he thinks and what he feels, he is in another world if he thinks that everybody wants to see him back owning the clippers. >> you know, he was saying there was a $3 billion tv deal on his desk with fox that he can negotiate that there is money to be made and he is the guy to do it. >> well, i think he is right. no question about there is money to be made. >> are you interested in the clippers? i mean, there is a lot of reports you would be interested in being an owner or part owner. >> we have to wait.
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that is going to be eight months to a year to see if it ever hits the market. but for me, if it comes out and it is for sale and my partners and i say okay, we want to take a look at it and buy it of course we'll make a run for it. i could be an owner tomorrow. i could have been an owner, my friends who asked golden state asked me to join them. i could have been the owner of golden state warriors. the detroit pistons, i could be an -- could be an owner of the detroit pistons, part owner. it is not about owning the team. now what i would really want to do is own the lakers, if any team i want to really have or be a part of would be the lakers. not the clippers. but if i can't be a part of them and it is a team out there like the clippers that i like and my partners like because you have to remember it is going to be a billion dollar deal. so i have to include mike
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walters and todd. >> part of the contract. >> that is right, they're going to be a part of that. but we have to wait and see. but this notion that i want his team. if i was going to trick somebody or deceive somebody, be dishonest to somebody, steal somebody's franchise it will be the l.a. lakers. let's make that clear right now. >> you're putting that on the record. >> it wouldn't be the l.a. clippers. look, i'm a respectable guy. i'm a guy who has worked hard to put myself in this position. i am not going to do anything bad to ruin that. i can't look my kids in the face and say hey, i'm a thief. i'm a guy who back stabs people to get to where they want to get to. i don't do that. you go and ask howard schultz of starbucks. you go and ask all of my partners, you go and ask the african-american community, the
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latino community, all the work i have done. i never deceived anybody. i never tricked anybody and i would never do that to gain wealth for myself or popularity for myself or whatever the case may be. >> do you think -- obviously, you don't know what is going to happen. do you think it would be appropriate for any member of the sterling family to retain some level of ownership? >> i think the players, the fans, the sponsors wouldn't go for it. that is what i feel today. now, if the board of governors decides that they're going to vote him out and one of the sterling family members can take it over, so be it. now the clipper players and doc rivers has got to make a decision as well as the players in the nba and adam silver has got to make a decision. >> when the tape initially broke, you tweeted you and your wife, cookie, would not go to a clippers game as long as donald
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was the owner, why did you go the other night? >> i wanted to support doc griffin and the rest of the players, i wanted to show that they stepped up and banned him for life and did a wonderful job. and i wanted to support that decision, as well. and so that is why i went to the game. and i'm happy i did. i saw a great game. >> it was a great game. >> and anderson, this is what is so bad about this. lebron james scored 49 points last night. we should be celebrating that. the clippers and oklahoma city is in a great series, we should be celebrating that. these playoffs have been the best playoffs we've seen in the first round in 30, 35 years. we should be celebrating that. the nba. right now we can't celebrate that because of the fact of what donald sterling is doing. >> up next, i asked magic johnson if he has any advice for donald sterling, he does, quite a lot, as a matter of fact. >> if i was him, i would just
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comments made. >> last night, as you know, adam silver responded to the comments made by donald sterling. he said i feel compelled to answer as he continues to be dragged into the situation. the nba board of governors is continuing the process to remove mr. sterling as quickly as possible. do you think they're moving fast enough? >> oh, yeah, yeah, it -- it is tough right now because you got a lot of those owners in the playoffs trying to win a championship. you know, and so to get everybody together to get a vote and also they all got schedules. but i think that adam is doing a wonderful job of rallying everybody. they will get the vote soon. look, there is no rush, let's get it right. i thought that adam silver, our commissioner, got it right. he took his time, got all the facts and then banned donald for life. same thing has to happen here. just get it right. get everybody together and do a
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good job and that is all everybody wants. and so i'm happy the way it is proceeding. >> you know, i was -- doc rivers, the players have got to be in a really tough position. it has to be really hard for them to be in these playoffs and dealing with this at the same time. >> yeah, i feel so bad for doc. doc rivers has done a wonderful job of rallying all of those guys and making them focus on -- first it was golden state, when they beat them. and now with oklahoma city. and then to give chris paul a lot of credit. he is the leader not only of the clippers but also the player's association. he is the president, i believe. and so he is doing a wonderful job of making sure that his clippers stay focused and also did a wonderful job on kevin durant, as well the other night. the guys know they have a job to do. look, they have gone after something they wanted to do
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their whole life as little boys, winning an nba championship. so i'm glad they're still focused on that. let adam silver, the nba, the board of governor, handle donald. you guys focus on playing. >> do you have any advice for donald sterling, what would you say to him? >> he has finally apologized, he has not apologized to me personally, even if i don't get it, i'm fine with that. look, you're 80 years old. you have had a tremendous life. you're going to benefit whatever the price tag is from this team selling. just go ahead and enjoy the rest of your life. you know, you're fighting a battle that you can't win. and then you're putting your family in a tough situation, as well. it is not just him. he is making his family members look bad by going out saying these things, about myself, african-americans, on and on. so i was him i would just
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benefit from the fruits of my labor, just take the money and go and enjoy your life. >> maybe give some of that money to some folks who need it. >> well, i would say give it to some, especially in the inner cities that could use it and benefit from it. but at this point i don't know if they would even take it. because they have been -- you can't upset minorities today and then expect to buy them off or to write a check and they're going to accept it. it doesn't happen today. >> you know, elgin baylor said he sued donald sterling back in 2009, for racial discrimination, he said a lot of things back then and a lot of people didn't really support him. >> you are exactly right. and now we all feel bad that we didn't support him because we should have. and everything he said is coming to light today. >> yeah, i think in 2009, even though he was suing him, they gave donald sterling an award. >> yeah, it is been -- i hope
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that elgin feels a lot better today. and i know he doesn't, but i hope that now he will get some justice. the things that he had to go through, hopefully, nobody else would have to go through. even including myself. here i am sitting here doing this interview with you which i don't mind, because you know you do a wonderful job. i should be conducting my business and going on with my day. and here i am, answering questions about donald sterling. >> finally, that gets to my last question, i think you tweeted out late last night this is a weekend we should be focused on the games. this is the last week we should focus on donald sterling. >> that is it, i'm going to be one more interview and not anymore. i'm tired of talking about donald. i'm -- it is a shame. i wish i had done something to deserve this, right? taken a photo with a young lady and then i have to answer all of these questions. but that is okay. i'm going to pray for him, i'm a
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god fearing man. i'm going to pray for donald and his family and i just hope the board of governors does what they're supposed to do and i can get my life back and go back to just being herbert magic johnson. let me correct, donald, what does he do? he owns the dodgers, he doesn't work for the dodgers, he owns the dodgers. >> we'll leave it at that. >> he owns the dodgers, doesn't work for them. i should point out that last night of course we spent the hour airing a lot of my conversation with donald sterling. when i spoke to donald sterling we spoke for about an hour and 20 minutes and frankly ran out of time to bring you everything he said. there is some of that conversation right now coming up.
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well, tomorrow night we're going to have much more of my exclusive interview with donald sterling. we spoke for an hour and 20 minutes and covered a lot more great about his life, the clippers, and also about his own personal behavior. >> i think we'll divorce. i think she has already filed. i guess i was bad committing all of those terrible o-- i don't even want to say it. but you know, people say how do
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you commit adultery? you justify things, you say well, every man in paris or france has a mistress, i mean, it may make you smile. but when you're so old you don't think it is wrong anymore if you have a little bit of fun. you don't have much time. if you have a little bit of fun you can't do what you did before and nobody expects it. but you want to be cared for. everybody wants to be cared for. i made such a mistake. i thought that woman really cared for me. >> more of my interview tomorrow on my program. we'll see you again at 11:00 p.m. eastern, with a special edition of "ac360." cnn starts