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Disgraced NBA owner Donald Sterling provokes fresh outrage

Published on May 14, 2014 12:15 AM
 
Controversial new remarks by Donald Sterling (above) disgraced owner of the Los Angeles Clippers basketball team, provoked fresh outrage Tuesday despite his apology for earlier racially-charged comments. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

LOS ANGELES (AFP) - Controversial new remarks by Donald Sterling, disgraced owner of the Los Angeles Clippers basketball team, provoked fresh outrage Tuesday despite his apology for earlier racially-charged comments.

In a rambling interview with CNN, Sterling apologised for advising his girlfriend in a secretly recorded phone call to avoid her black friends in public - particularly when attending Clippers games.

Sterling's first lengthy response to the scandal that broke two weeks ago was aimed at salvaging his reputation and making the case that he should be allowed to retain his coveted basketball franchise.

But, far from quelling the controversy, the embattled real estate mogul ignited a new firestorm by attacking basketball great Magic Johnson, a beloved figure throughout the US sports world.

 
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