Updated: Monday, 12 May 2014 09:05 | By Agence France-Presse

Clippers owner Sterling says he's sorry for racist remarks

Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling says he's sorry for the racist remarks that saw him banned for life from the NBA.


Clippers owner Sterling says he's sorry for racist remarks

Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling attends the NBA playoff game between the Clippers and the Golden State Warriors on April 21, 2014 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California - by Robyn Beck

Two weeks after the NBA banned him from all league activities, fined him $2.5 million and began proceedings to strip him of his team, the 80-year-old real estate billionaire insisted he's not a racist.

"I'm not a racist," Sterling told CNN's Anderson Cooper in an interview due to air Monday. "I made a terrible mistake. I'm here to apologize."

The interview, excerpts of which were posted on CNN's website, marks Sterling's first public comments on the scandal since celebrity gossip website TMZ posted a 10-minute audio recording of him that sparked a firestorm in the league and beyond.

In the recording, Sterling is heard chastising his girlfriend for associating with black people and bringing black people to Clippers games.

"I'm a good member who made a mistake and I'm apologizing and I'm asking for forgiveness," Sterling said.

"Am I entitled to one mistake, am I after 35 years? I mean, I love my league, I love my partners. Am I entitled to one mistake? It's a terrible mistake, and I'll never do it again."

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