Sterling’s comments came as he addressed racial remarks he made that prompted the NBA to ban him for life. In a recording released by TMZ two weeks ago, Sterling tells a female friend,
"What kind of guy goes to every city, has sex with every girl, then catches” HIV, Sterling told
Sterling also questioned whether Johnson has made a positive contribution to the African American community in Los Angeles. He then pointed to his own charitable work.
"Jews, when they get successful, they will help their people," he said.
At one point Cooper asked if he apologized to Johnson.
"If I said anything wrong, I'm sorry," Sterling responded. "He's a good person. I mean, what am I going to say? Has he done everything he can do to help minorities? I don't think so. But I'll say it, he's great. But I don't think he's a good example for the children of Los Angeles."
Sterling apologized for what he said on the tape.
"When I listen to that tape, I don't even know how I can say words like that.... I don't know why the girl had me say those things," he said. "I was baited ... I mean, that's not the way I talk. I don't talk about people for one thing, ever. I talk about ideas and other things. I don't talk about people."
At the time the tape was released, Stiviano and Sterling's wife, Shelly, were locked in a legal battle, with Shelly demanding that Stiviano give back cars and a $1.8-million condo that Donald Sterling had allegedly given her.
Sterling on Sunday also apologized for his comments.
"I'm a good member who made a mistake and I'm apologizing and I'm asking for forgiveness," he said on CNN. "Am I entitled to one mistake, am I after 35 years? I mean, I love my league, I love my partners. Am I entitled to one mistake? It's a terrible mistake, and I'll never do it again."
He added: "I'm not a racist. I made a terrible mistake."
Excerpts of the CNN interview, which will be broadcast Monday, were released hours after Shelly Sterling spoke with
Shelly Sterling said she may eventually divorce Donald Sterling and will fight efforts to force her to sell her share of the Clippers.
In the ABC interview, Shelly Sterling also suggested that Donald Sterling was suffering from
"I was shocked by what he said," Shelly Sterling told Walters. "But I don't know why I should be punished for what his actions were."
The NBA responded to the recordings by banning Donald Sterling for life and saying it would seek to force him to sell the team. But Shelly Sterling said she sees the Clippers as part of her family legacy.