Donald Sterling: Why Can’t Magic Johnson Be As Great A Guy As Donald Sterling?

Sadly, AC360 has only put  5 minutes of last night’s Donald Sterling debacle online, which is a shame because Sterling let his racist freak flag fly, except that he’s not a racist because he says he’s not a racist, which is a magical shield against being racist. Also, he bashed Magic Johnson.

Dude, you do NOT go after Magic.

What was Sterling’s first ridiculous about Magic? That Magic told him to keep quiet because he would straighten things out with V. Stiviano but it was all really just a plot to buy the Clippers.

“Wait, be patient, I’ll help you, we’ll work it out,” Sterling said the NBA legend told him. […]

“I know the girl, don’t do anything. I’ll help you,” Sterling says Johnson told him.

“I think he wanted me to just do nothing so he could buy the team,” Sterling said.

This makes total sense! First, who among us has not phoned the guy that made terrible bullshit racist remarks about us and told him that we’d handle any fallout from the terrible racist bullshit? Everyone does that, right? Also too we totally believe that if Magic wanted to buy the Clippers, he’d engage in some really complicated shenanigans that involved getting a lady to tape Donald Sterling, telling Sterling to chill, man, hoping the NBA barred Sterling from participation in the league, and then swooping in and buying the team rather than just TRYING TO BUY THE TEAM.

Sterling’s also pretty sure that he’s helped way more poor people than Magic has.

“What has he done? Can you tell me? Big Magic Johnson, what has he done?” Sterling said.

Sterling, who is Jewish, said Jewish people spend great amounts of money helping other Jews who are poor while rich black people turn their backs to people in need.

“That’s one problem I have. Jews, when they get successful, they will help their people, and some of the African-Americans — maybe I’ll get in trouble again — they don’t want to help anybody,” he said.

Yes, you will get in trouble again, Donald Sterling, you certainly will. First, let’s talk about all the dope-ass stuff Magic has done for his community.

The same month he tested positive for HIV, he formed the Magic Johnson Foundation which “works to develop programs and support community-based organizations that address the educational, health and social needs of ethnically diverse, urban communities.”

In the two-plus decades since the world gasped at his HIV announcement, the foundation has raised more than $20 million for charity and given out almost $4 million in scholarships.

Yabbut he has HIV, which Donald Sterling basically thinks makes you a bad person and somehow eradicates your good works, so what else you got?

He founded MJ Enterprises in 1987.

The focus again was on serving diverse communities, bringing high-quality businesses to minority areas typically under served by larger corporations.

Those things sound pretty good! But hey, maybe Donald Sterling has done really helpful things. Oh wait. Let’s remember he totally has not, and instead had to pay out $2.7 million to settle the a housing discrimination lawsuit in which he (ALLEGEDLY, says Sterling, since the settlement didn’t require him to admit guilt) discriminated against African-Americans, Hispanics, and people with children. Maybe his apartments were so shitty that he thought he was helping people by not letting them live there?

Sterling didn’t reserve all his blame shifting for Magic Johnson, though. He’s also still sticking to his bitch-set-me-up feels about V. Stiviano.

Sterling blamed Stiviano for “baiting” him into saying the racist remarks on the recordings — comments he said he had no idea were being recorded. […]

Donald Sterling said Stiviano made him jealous by saying she was going to bring four handsome black football players to a Clippers game with her, prompting the now-infamous racist rant.

“I was a little jealous,” he said, adding that he was referring to the players when he said, “Don’t bring them to the game.”

Donald, here is the problem with that explanation: it’s cool to be jealous. People understand jealousy. Many people feel jealous. However, most people do not tip over into stone cold straight up racism just because their special friend is trying to get a rise out of them by parading other people around. There are many constructive ways to say that makes you feel sad that do not involve being a racist fuckwit or insulting Magic Johnson.

Unbelievably, this was only the first part of Anderson Cooper’s sitdown with Sterling. There’s more to come tonight, and Magic Johnson will be on there also too. But not at the same time as Sterling, we think. We hope. That would be awkward, even for CNN.


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