Sterling said in the interview with CNN that he has talked to Johnson twice since the firestorm began and apologized for his racist comments on the leaked audio recording that prompted outrage throughout the NBA and the nation when it was released, leading to his lifetime ban and $2.5 million fine from the league.
Johnson, however, said Sterling still hasn't apologized to him for his comments. He also said Sterling wanted Johnson to appear with him in an interview with ABC's Barbara Walters but Johnson refused.
"Donald Sterling reached out to me; I took the call. I'm the one, when he wanted me to go on Barbara Walters with him and try to save him and his reputation, I told him I would not go on the show with him and I told him, 'You should seek the advice of your attorney and try to make this thing go away,'" Johnson told TMZ. "'Whether that's making a deal with [girlfriend V. Stiviano] or whatever the case may be. And, No. 1, you've got to apologize not only to me but all minorities out there because you haven't apologized yet.' He said, 'Oh, I'm gonna get to that. I'm gonna get to that.'
"Not once, even today, has he ever apologized to me or the other minorities he offended."
"When he called me, he should've said, 'Magic, I'm sorry,'" Johnson told Cooper.
Stiviano had posted a photo of her and Johnson on her Instagram account. In the audio recording, Sterling told her to remove the photo, then made his racist remarks.
"I don't know that young lady. I took a picture and all of a sudden I'm in the middle of this mess," Johnson told TMZ. "But at the same time, I will not let you attack me without responding. And so that's what I've done in this situation. I responded. I responded for myself: You don't want me to come to your games? Then I won't come. You don't want blacks to come? Then I'm going to fight for those people.
"I'm a proud black man. I'm one of the leaders in the black community and I take that role seriously. I don't have any ill feelings anymore to Donald. I think we all should try to get him some help. I think it's a shame."
Johnson went on to say Sterling is misdirecting his anger in the situation. Johnson also said he believes Sterling's strategy is to attack him and try to pit the black and Jewish communities against each other, "but it's not going to work."
"He should point that anger at the young lady that he's in love with that put this out," Johnson said. "I had nothing to do with this. You put me in it, Donald, by saying those terrible things about me."
"I'm tired of talking about Donald, it's a shame, I wish I would had did something to deserve this," Johnson told CNN. "[I take] a photo with a young lady and I have to answer all these questions."