Following a shocking interview in which embattled Clippers owner Donald Sterling told Anderson Cooper he believed Magic Johnson "should be ashamed of himself" because of his HIV and questioned Johnson's support of the African-American community, Johnson went on CNN's Anderson Cooper 360 to address the remarks.
Johnson told Cooper that Sterling still hasn't apologized to him, and expressed frustration that Sterling questioned his commitment to improving urban America.
"I just feel sorry for him," said Johnson. "I really do. It's sad."
Cooper played footage of his interview with Sterling, including remarks in which Sterling said Johnson should be ashamed of himself for his HIV.
"You'd think a man like that would be educated," Johnson said. "I didn't blame anybody else [for my HIV]. I know what I did was wrong…but I'd like to think I helped some people."
The Magic Johnson Foundation has donated millions to HIV/AIDS awareness & prevention, college access and digital literacy for urban Americans.
Cooper also asked Johnson about Sterling's claim that the Clippers players still loved him.
"Now he is delusional," he said, pointing out that not only do the Los Angeles Clippers players not like Sterling, but no players in the NBA liked him. "He can't buy his way out of this one…Donald Sterling is not welcome back in the NBA."
Johnson also denied that he had reached out to Sterling following the release of the tape, something Sterling claimed in the interview last night, and said it was in fact Sterling who called Johnson and asked him to join him in an interview with Barbara Walters so the two could clear the air. Johnson says he denied Sterling's request, and that his attorney advised him to cut off communication with Sterling, which he did.
"I'm gonna always fight for myself and my people," said Johnson.
He also had some parting advice for Sterling:
"You're fighting a battle you can't win…Just take the money, go, and enjoy your life."