I was baited into remarks - Sterling

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iol news pic Sterling_anderson may 13 (Read-Only) REUTERS LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling (L) speaks with CNN's Anderson Cooper during an interview. Photo: Handout/CNN

Los Angeles - Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling says he was baited into using racist language by the woman whose secret recording of him led to his lifetime NBA ban, and he said jealousy fuelled his words.

Sterling struck a contrite tone throughout the interview with CNN's Anderson Cooper that had its first full airing Monday and consisted of his first public comments since the recording became public, apologising for his remarks and saying he's not a racist.

But in new excerpts that aired Monday, he said he was merely reflecting the racial language used by V. Stiviano, who he said would declare she was going to bring some “beautiful black men” to his games and make similar statements.

Sterling said he was “a little jealous” of the men surrounding Stiviano.

Sapa-AP


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