LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Banned Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling delivered his apology to CNN’s Anderson Cooper in an interview that aired Monday, following the backlash of a tape that was released in April, featuring allegedly racist comments from the veteran owner.
Sterling made his apology in the beginning of the aired interview, addressing the words he said on the tape, and acknowledging that he hurt many people.
“I’m not a racist. I made a terrible, terrible mistake, and I’m here with you today to apologize and to ask for forgiveness for all the people that I’ve hurt, and I’ve hurt so many people, so many innocent people, and I’ve hurt myself,” Sterling told Cooper. “You know, I spoke to a girl that I was fond of, and I don’t know why, when I listen to that tape, I don’t even know how I could say words like that. I’m not a racist. I love people, I always have, but those words came out of my mouth, I guess, and I’m so sorry, and I’m so apologetic.”