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Donald Sterling: “I feel very good. Everything is just the way it should be.”

Jun 4, 2014, 1:11 PM EDT

Donald Sterling wants to be seen, to be remembered as a good man.

He doesn’t see himself as a bad person (does anybody themselves as evil outside the pages of a comic book?), and over the years he has long donated a lot of money to charities in Los Angeles — so long as he could be seen doing it. (There were also the promises he made and ads taken out to congratulate himself on things like a Skid Row project for the homeless, which he never bothered to actually build.) Tuesday night Sterling was at a benefit for the Shelter Partnerships, which helps the homeless in Los Angeles County.

That’s where Fred Roggin, the long time sports anchor for NBC’s Los Angeles affiliate, caught up with Sterling and got to speak with him. Roggin asked him how he was doing and it led to this exchange:

Sterling: “I feel fabulous. I feel very good. Everything is just the way it should be, really. It may have worked out differently but it’s good. It’s all good.”

Roggin: “So you’re done, you’re okay?”

Sterling: “(Pause) Well, I’m okay. Is the NBA okay, I’m not sure about them. Is Adam Silver okay? I’m sure he’s okay.”

Roggin: “So now you move on with your life?”

Sterling: “Move on.”

Good on Roggin for not letting Sterling walk off without answering questions.

You also know that whatever Sterling says on camera, he’s not ready to move on.

Sterling’s attorney told the Los Angeles Times recently it’s not about the money or the team anymore with Sterling, it’s about his reputation. He doesn’t want to be seen as a racist (so he’s attending a famous predominantly black church in Los Angeles) and he doesn’t want to be seen as mentally incapacitated (which is what his wife Shelly Sterling got doctors to say, removing his power from the Sterling Family Trust and allowing her to sell the team to Steve Ballmer… all with the NBA’s guidance). That may be an out — would Donald Sterling sign off on the sale of the team if she got the doctors to say he was competent?

It’s hard to say. Much like this interview. Because whatever Sterling says to the camera, whatever he says to someone’s face in public, how he acts and reacts privately has long been very different.

  1. boltsup - Jun 4, 2014 at 1:27 PM

    Life is great when you get forced to sell for 2 billi

    • chicagosports2014 - Jun 4, 2014 at 1:48 PM

      Hopefully he won’t enjoy that 2 billi

      🔫 MANDOWN🔫

      • adoombray - Jun 4, 2014 at 2:31 PM

        just throwing this out there buddy, but insinuating death threats on a public forum is NOT a good look

      • gentlewomansquarterly - Jun 4, 2014 at 2:56 PM

        I’m just going to assume that you’re hoping that he doesn’t endure a long and painful battle with dementia and cancer.

    • raidordie - Jun 4, 2014 at 2:34 PM

      Hes from Chicago. That’s the way things go down in the city with the toughest gun laws

  2. bucrightoff - Jun 4, 2014 at 1:58 PM

    “I’m rich, biatch!!”

    – Donald Sterling

    • sportsfan18 - Jun 4, 2014 at 3:59 PM

      And DUMB too say the ladies filling their pockets with his cash…

  3. spursareold - Jun 4, 2014 at 2:44 PM

    He doesn’t want to be seen as racist? Uh, I think THAT one was off the table a LONG time ago.

    I think that for many people, even before the recording, when Sterling’s name was mentioned, only one of two words, in whatever order, popped into their heads: cheap or racist.

  4. adoombray - Jun 4, 2014 at 2:57 PM

    At this point we as a society are literally dogpiling a senile old man who doesn’t remember half the stuff he says.

    I’m not excusing his actions, I grew up in Los Angeles so I’ve known how much of a POS Sterling has been for 20 years now, and people local to LA all knew about it from the housing discrimination lawsuits. I just think that we should stop pretending to be so shocked when he says stupid things.

    My grandfather lived to be 92. He came from old world Eastern Europe. In his waning days, beset by the psychological and degenerative brain defects that Sterling is rumored to be under duress from, my Grandfather devolved into the racism in his youth too. It wasn’t okay and it was really awkward especially considering that none of his caregivers were ever white people. None of us bothered to correct him because we knew he didn’t have a whole lot of time left and we just understood that the racism was an unfortunate by product of a generation that is dying off faster than Sterling’s Mistresses can block his number.

    The man got run out of the league and Adam Silver is 6 months into the job and is universally regarded as the best commissioner in sports. I think we can stop being amazed that Sterling is a D bag,

  5. florida727 - Jun 4, 2014 at 3:53 PM

    This @$$clown is essentially being rewarded for being a jerk-off. The NBA should have terminated the franchise, leaving him with nothing, and awarded a new franchise to Ballmer in “the city of his choosing” (wink, wink). $2B for making racist remarks, in private or not? Sends a heck of a message doesn’t it?

    • sportsfan18 - Jun 4, 2014 at 4:06 PM

      First, I agree that Sterling HAD to go…

      BUT, the WAY you’re advocating it?

      Really? Ever hear of the slippery slope?

      It’s like people who put down others for complaining about politically correct things because they AGREE with the thing that may no longer be done according to the politically correct police…

      But, several years down the road, the huge politically correct snow ball has gone further down the mountain and now things they like to say and do have been added to the list of politically correct things that may NOT be done or said…

      And then they gripe about it! But it was their actions years before supporting and agreeing to things being politically correct that helped lead to this day.

      People are NOT good at dealing with or realizing the principle of things anymore.

      Many times the principle is WORTH saving even if you have to agree with or allow something you do NOT like or want… because once we begin doing things this way, they keep going and going…

      You ARE advocating something that would continue and others would then lose their businesses for other things, said in their homes, maybe not racist, but what about political things? Or religious things?

      Where does it stop? Heaven help us all if what you said were to happen.

    • thraiderskin - Jun 4, 2014 at 4:25 PM

      Why?

  6. xmen1906 - Jun 4, 2014 at 4:11 PM

    Did old Donald just pull a Keyser Soze on us?

  7. calkinsrob - Jun 4, 2014 at 4:20 PM

    You think the tapes and all this could have been set on purpose for this big sale? Is it possible that the value of the team rose because of the circumstances of the sale? either that or this guy is delusional

  8. campcouch - Jun 4, 2014 at 9:50 PM

    I’ll work for him. It’s hard for a bruh out here. I’ve been called worse by my own family lol.

  9. nicofthenorthstar - Jun 5, 2014 at 4:05 PM

    You know, we’re so lucky that nearly everyone in pro sports and the media, and rich folks in general, are just overflowing with goodness, sincerity, and giving hearts. People who just want to see goodness and justice in the world, without a hint of selfishness in anything they do.
    Otherwise, we wouldn’t get to crucify the occasional anomaly, such as old Donald here, when we are shocked to find out that someone could be so awful.
    Are you thankful for that? I know I certainly am.

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