LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling, banned for life after his allegedly racist ways were exposed by TMZ, is digging himself an even deeper hole this week, telling Anderson Cooper that retired Lakers legend Magic Johnson “should be ashamed of himself” for having AIDS.
For the record, Magic Johnson does not have AIDS. He was diagnosed with HIV in 1991.
The malicious and unprovoked attack came during Sterling’s interview with Anderson Cooper last night, which he presumably scheduled to help clean up his public image after being banned for life from the NBA. Instead of answering for his own actions, the 80-year-old names Magic Johnson as someone who the media should really be targeting.
“I think [Johnson] should be ashamed of himself,” Sterling said of Magic Johnson’s 1991 HIV diagnosis. “I think he should go into the background. But what does he do for the black people? He doesn’t do anything.”
Then, after calling Anderson Cooper a racist without explanation, Sterling elaborated:
“He’s got AIDS. What has he done, big Magic Johnson, what has he done?”
“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 hope he could live and be well. I didn’t criticize him. I could have. Is he an example for children?”
“What kind of a guy goes to every city, has sex with every girl, then he catches HIV. Is that someone we want to respect, and tell our kids about? I think he should be ashamed of himself.”
Johnson is scheduled to appear on tonight’s episode of Anderson Cooper 360. In the meantime, he offered a short and dismissive response on Twitter:
— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) May 13, 2014