Donald Sterling‘s interview with Anderson Cooper is set to air Monday, but there’s already a quote from it that’s turning heads. It’s a comment from Sterling on Magic Johnson, who’s really been somewhat at the center of this whole ordeal. His name was mentioned in the first notorious audio clip, and he’s rumored to be interested in buying the Los Angeles Clippers if they are indeed put up for sale.
Here’s Sterling on Magic when it comes to setting a good example:
“He’s a good person and he…what am I going to say…has he done everything he could to help minorities? I don’t think so. I’ll say it. I’ll say it. He’s great, I just don’t think he’s a good example for the children of Los Angeles.”
Maybe Magic Johnson isn’t a good example for the children of Los Angeles? It could be true. It’s probably not, but if it were, Sterling has no right to say that anyone is a bad example. He’s lost those privileges with his terrible remarks about African Americans.
If anyone is a bad example for the children of Los Angeles — it’s Donald Sterling.
Has Johnson made some mistakes during his life? Absolutely. But he’s learned from his mistakes and spoke out in public about them so others don’t follow his same path. Magic has redeemed himself and then some.
Sterling will never redeem himself. Even though he apologizes during the Cooper interview, it’s just not enough. People want him gone from the NBA, and rightly so. His out-dated views have no place in the game of basketball or society.