Magic Johnson responded to Donald Sterling’s claims that he neglects the African American community, calling the situation disturbing and sad.
Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling is still making headlines for his interview with Anderson Cooper where he claimed that he was baited into making his infamous racist remarks. In addition to asking for public forgiveness, Sterling also shared some not-so-nice thoughts on NBA icon Magic Johnson, questioning how much effort famous American Americans put into their community.
Just a day later, Johnson sat down with Cooper to respond to the Sterling’s claims, deeming the entire situation frustrating. During the chat, Johnson called the businessman’s remarks outright disturbing and sad. Johnson told Cooper that Sterling clearly didn’t do his homework before referencing famous African Americans like Tyler Perry and Spike Lee, who called him right after Sterling’s interview.
“We help each other and what we try and do is band together to see how we can better our community,” he explained to Cooper. “It’s not about just giving them the money. It’s also about giving them the tools, so they can be successful in the African American community.”
Asked if Sterling’s recent image portrayal in the media is a proper depiction of the guy that Johnson has known through the years, the NBA staple said, “I don’t know this Donald. We had basketball conversations. We never had life conversations… I didn’t know that he would take it to this level.”
In addition to slamming Johnson, Donald Sterling asked for public forgiveness and confessed that he doesn’t even understand how he could have even said those words. “I don’t talk about people for one thing, ever,” he told Cooper. “I talk about ideas and other things. I don’t talk about people.”