Stanford acknowledged the government found and seized $3 million in drug money in his bank several years ago, along with similar suspect money in other, larger banks.
"Who gets the publicity? We get the publicity. I get the publicity because I'm the guy that's flamboyant, the fun guy to write about," he told ABC News.
Stanford said he still has the support of many of his former employees and was heartened to learn that top professional golfer V. J. Singh was sticking by him.
Singh, who was sponsored by Stanford, continued to wear his Stanford cap during a major tournament this weekend in Houston.
"I love him to death, he's a great friend. He's standing by me and others are standing by me. A few, not many, but a few," said Stanford.
Singh told reporters he was continuing to support Stanford "at the moment."
ABC News' Avni Patel, Joseph Rhee and Justin Rood contributed to this report.