Two high-profile interviews involving Donald Sterling and his wife, Shelly, are slated to air Monday as the couple faces losing ownership of the Los Angeles Clippers.
The interviews will air roughly two weeks after recordings were released in which Donald Sterling tells a female friend, V. Stiviano, not to associate with black people, including Magic Johnson. The recording sparked widespread outrage and prompted the NBA to ban the L.A. Clippers owner for life.
In excerpts of the exclusive interview with CNN's Anderson Cooper, Donald Sterling said he “made a terrible mistake” and is "not a racist.” He also suggested that Stiviano pushed him to make the comments.
Donald Sterling also said in his interview with Cooper that he was asking for forgiveness for his remarks about African Americans.
Also set to air on Monday is Shelly Sterling's interview with Barbara Walters, in which she suggests her husband is suffering from dementia.
In addition to banning her husband from the NBA for life, the league's commissioner also vowed to force Donald Sterling to sell the team, but Shelly Sterling said she sees the Clippers as part of her family legacy.
The team is held in a family trust, and sources familiar with the Clippers say they believe that Shelly Sterling has equal ownership with her husband and each takes control if the other dies. Sterling paid $12.5 million for the team in 1981, but experts have said recently the team could be sold for $1 billion or more.
"I'm wondering if a wife of one of the owners -- and there's 30 owners -- did something like that, said those racial slurs, would they oust the husband? Or would they leave the husband in?" she said.
Shelly Sterling also suggested that her husband might want to transfer full ownership of the team to her.
"We do not agree with the league's self-serving interpretation of its constitution, its application to Shelly Sterling or its validity under these unique circumstances," he said. "We live in a nation of laws. California law and the United States Constitution trump any such interpretation."