Donald Sterling Says He Is Not a Racist

LA Clippers owner comments for the first time about his controversial comments.
1:44 | 05/08/14

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We turn to the new tape of the man at the center of the firestorm over racism and the NBA. In this one the LA clippers owner Donald Sterling is heard defending himself. ABC's Ryan Smith back on the story walks us through these new tapes. This is LA clippers owner Donald Sterling. Playing defense. You'd think I have anything in the world but love for everybody. I don't think. You don't know I'm not a racist. His first extended comments since that infamous racist rant to -- to be on -- Earned him a lifetime ban from the NBA. Yeah there are -- -- if you want them brought. It here. So we'll see a Black -- well. In this new tape a recorded phone call with an unnamed friend leaked to radar online. Sterling points to his background even as religion as proof he's not prejudiced. I got out of the east LA I would have. A high school there. It be an outlet channel and that 50% of them. People there were black and 40% or Hispanic. Sterling telling his friend there's no way you raise cloud his judgment. How could probably have moved into the generate this good -- -- -- go to get white players. Get the best player ready yet. And sterling makes one thing clear. He's not giving up his team without a fight. You can't force -- -- -- -- property in America. But sterling to own wife making sure she's not forgotten and all of this -- -- Phillies -- turning now telling ABC news she's a co owner with every right to keep it that way. From the NBA today no comment on any of this as basketball owners decide whether to vote Donald Sterling out. Ryan Smith ABC news New York.

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