PREVIOUSLY: Barbara Walters landed the girlfriend and the wife involved in the hottest story right now, but CNN’s Anderson Cooper scored the sit-down today with the big fish – disgraced LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling, who was caught last month making racist comments about African-Americans and hoops icon Magic Johnson in a 2013 tape. He was subsequently banned for life from the NBA and fined $2.5M. Sunday’s news battle pitted Sterling vs. Sterling as CNN and ABC News vied to take the lead on the hottest story of the moment.
“I’m a good member who made a mistake and I’m apologizing and I’m asking for forgiveness,” Sterling told Cooper Sunday in LA in a CNN interview to air tomorrow. “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.” The Anderson Cooper 360 interview is set to air Monday night at 8PM ET.
Duking it out with CNN, ABC News and Walters spent Sunday getting the dirt from Sterling’s wife and Clippers co-owner Shelly Sterling. She told Walters that “eventually, I am going to” divorce her husband and will fight to keep her 50% stake in the team. Earlier this month Walters, on the eve of retirement, landed the exclusive chat with V. Stiviano, the former Sterling flame involved in the controversial conversation that was leaked to the press in April.
Watch Shelly Sterling’s sit-down with Walters below: