After issuing an apology for comments he recently made that were viewed as racist by many, Clippers owner Donald Sterling criticized Magic Johnson for not doing enough for the Black community.
“Here’s a man who, he acts so holy. He made love to every girl in every city in America and he had AIDS,” Donald said in an interview with Anderson Cooper. “Is he an example for children?”
Although the embattled NBA owner said he admired Magic, that’s not what many heard when the audio of him asking his girlfriend not to pose in photos with African Americans was released. During the Anderson interview, Donald seemingly passed judgment on Magic repeatedly mentioning his alleged promiscuity and HIV status.
“What has he done? Can you tell me? He’s got AIDS. Did he do any business? Does he help anybody in South LA? What kind of a guy goes to every city and has sex with every girl. Is that someone we want to accept and tell our kids about? What does he do for the Black people? He doesn’t do anything. He does nothing. He’s all talk,” said Donald who’s seemingly unaware of the businesses Magic has brought to many inner-city neighborhoods nationwide.
Magic chose not to address Donald’s comments and instead opted to focus on the sport that made him famous.
“After this week, no more Sterling talk. Just the NBA Playoffs,” he wrote. “I’d rather be talking about these great NBA Playoffs than Donald Sterling’s interview.”
Donald did admit that he’s not an expert on what Magic has or has not done for the Black community, but that did not stop him from assuming Magic does little and comparing Blacks’ contributions to Jewish people’s charitable giving.
“Jews when they get successful, they will help their people. Some of the African Americans, they don’t want to help anybody,” he said. “What has Magic Johnson really done for Children’s Hospital? What has he done for any hospital? What has he done for any group? I don’t know. Maybe he’s done a lot.”
Watch a portion of Sterling’s interview below.