Donald Sterling Says He Was Baited Into Racist Rant, Slams Magic Johnson's HIV Status

For the first time since being banned from the NBA, Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling is speaking out about his infamous racist rant.

"I was baited -- I mean that's not the way I talk," Sterling told CNN's Anderson Cooper in an interview which aired Monday night. "I don't talk about people for one thing, ever. I talk about ideas and other things -- I don't talk about people."

The 80-year-old, who has a history of racist behavior, also blamed his 31-year-old girlfriend, V. Stiviano, for baiting him into making the controversial statements. Sterling claims that Stiviano made him jealous by saying she was going to bring four handsome black football players to a Clippers game, prompting the now-infamous racist rant. 

"I don't trust her," he added. "I just wish I could ask her, 'Why?' And if she was just setting me up, I think people say she was taping me for two years. So maybe I was just fooling myself thinking for two years that she cared for me. She certainly acted like it."

The billionaire business magnate also told Cooper that he is not a racist and was there simply "to apologize." However, in the process of "apologizing," he disparaged Magic Johnson's HIV status. 

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Originally from El Paso, Texas, Cristina Mari Arreola earned her degree at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University before moving to BrooklynNew York. In her downtime, you can usually find her scouring the city for the most authentic Mexican food (still looking...), scaring herself silly watching horror movies, or baking her favorite sweets. You can follow her on Twitter at @c_arreola

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