In a call to “TMZ Live,” responding to attacks Sterling made against him in a CNN interview with Anderson Cooper, the basketball star and entrepreneur said he thinks the disgraced Clippers owner is troubled and in desperate need of assistance.
He also countered Sterling’s allegations that he ignores the black community, saying he has dedicated his life, and billions of dollars, to giving back.
“I’m a proud black man. I’m a leader in the black community and I take that role seriously,” Johnson said.
Although he pointed out that Sterling hasn’t truly apologized to him or the black community, he says Sterling’s comments – including mentioning he has AIDS and calling him a bad role model – won’t bring him down: “It’s sad. We just got to pray for him.” He also said he thinks Sterling is peeved at the wrong person: “He should point the anger at the young woman,” he says.
He also thinks Sterling won’t succeed in what seems to be attempt to pit blacks and Jews against each other.