Donald Sterling might need to either discontinue his phone plan or pick new friends. Today (May 8th), the Los Angeles Clippers’ owner Donald Sterling exclaims that he is not a racist and is shocked at Magic Johnson’s treatment of him during this ordeal in a privately recorded phone conversation.
In the phone conversation obtained by TMZ, Sterling remarks that he is not a racist. Using his history as class president of Theodore Roosevelt High School back in 1950′s as evidence of his admiration from Black and Hispanic people:
I grew up in East L.A. East L.A., you die to get out of there. I got out of East L.A., I was the president of the High School there. I’m a Jew. 50% of the people there were Black and 40% were Hispanic. You ever been to Boyle Heights? So, I mean, people must have a good feeling for me.
One of the people Sterling singled out in his phone conversation with his ex-girlfriend V. Stiviano was Magic Johnson. According to Sterling, he was heartbroken that Johnson did not, at the very least, encourage the public to give Sterling due process in the court of public opinion:
It breaks my heart that Magic Johnson, a guy that I respect so much, wouldn’t stand up and say ‘well, let’s get the facts.