Los Angeles leaders lashed out Monday night at Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling for his comments in a nationally televised interview in which he criticized Earvin "Magic" Johnson for contracting HIV and said he was "baited" into making racist remarks that prompted his lifetime ban from professional basketball.
Monday's interview was the first time Sterling had spoken publicly since a tape was released two weeks ago that captured him telling a female friend not to appear publicly with black people, including Johnson. Afterward, Johnson, a former Lakers superstar and L.A. business and civic leader, spoke out against Sterling’s continued ownership of the Clippers. During Monday’s interview, Sterling apologized for the remarks he made on the tape. In addition to a lifetime ban, Sterling faces a $2.5-million fine from the NBA and could be forced to sell the team.