Magic Johnson has refused to be drawn on comments made by disgraced LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling in an interview he conducted in the hope of achieving forgiveness for the racist remarks which resulted in a lifetime ban from the NBA.
Sterling was recorded ordering his mistress V. Stiviano not to bring black people to any Clippers games, with the release of the tapes prompting NBA commissioner Adam Silver to hit the 80-year-old with a significant fine, order him to sell his team and expel him from the sport.
The billionaire chose to stay silent following the NBA ruling, that was at least until this week when he was interviewed by CNN. Sterling was remorseful and apologetic, but only served to exacerbate his plight with his assessment of Magic Johnson.
Johnson, who could potential purchase the Clippers from Sterling, is not a good example for children, said Sterling, given that the former LA Lakers star contracted HIV having “made love to every girl in every city in America”. Sterling added that Johnson “should be ashamed of himself.”
These comments did not qualify a response from Johnson, however, who tweeted that he would much rather focus his attention on the NBA playoffs then be encouraged into a war of words with Sterling.
Johnson posted on Twitter: “I’d rather be talking about these great NBA Playoffs than Donald Sterling's interview.”
He added: “After this week, no more Sterling talk. Just the NBA Playoffs, my @Dodgers and my @LA_Sparks!”