Transcript for Donald Sterling: ‘You Can’t Force Somebody to Sell Property in America’
L.A. Clippers controversy. Embattled owner Donald sterling is sounding off in a new recording. He's not a racist, can't be forced to sell his team. Ryan smith has the latest. Reporter: For the first time since his racist rant leaked two weeks ago today, L.A. Clippers owner Donald sterling is answering the question, is he a racist? You think I have anything in the world but love for everybody? You don't think that. You know I'm not a racist. Reporter: Listening to sterling, ironically on another taped conversation, with an unidentified friend. And released by radar online, explains how he can't be a ray sis in the business of the NBA. How can you be in this business and be a racist? Do you think I tell the coach to get white players? Or to get the best player he can get? Reporter: And as defiant as ever when it comes to keeping his team. You can't force someone to sell property in America. Reporter: Sterling takes on one of his biggest critics, after his rant to V. Stiviano, seemingly stemming from this picture she took with magic Johnson. It bothers me a lot if you want to broadcast you're associating with black people. He's got to give up the team. 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. Let's get him and talk to him. Reporter: And while sterling speaks on race, his wife, shelly, through her attorney, is staking her claim as co-owner of the team and sending a message to the NBA. Any suggestion that she would be involuntarily ridden out of town or have her property seized by the NBA, it's not going to happen. Reporter: Something that according to clippers coach, doc rivers, may not sit well with her own team. I guarantee every person would not be onboard with that. Whether I would or not, I'm not going to say. Reporter: Donald sterling said growing up in east L.A. And being class president of a diverse high school there, along with his jewish background should mean that, quote, people should have a good feeling about me on matters of race. That's what he said on the tape. As for the team, they face off against the Oklahoma thunder tonight in the playoffs, hoping to put this latest distraction behind them.
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