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Clippers' Sterling apologizes, says 'not a racist'

LOS ANGELES - Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling apologized Sunday for racist comments captured on tape, saying they were a "terrible mistake."

 

"I'm not a racist," Sterling told CNN's Anderson Cooper in excerpts posted from an interview taped Sunday and set to air Monday. "I made a terrible mistake. I'm here to apologize."

 

In his first public comments since being banned for life from the NBA, Sterling said years of good behavior as an owner should count toward his future. (AP)