Sterling: I Was 'Baited' Into a 'Terrible Mistake'

Sterling: I Was 'Baited' Into a 'Terrible Mistake'

In an interview set to air on Monday’s “AC360” on CNN, embattled Los Angeles Clipper owner Donald Sterling attempted to explain the circumstances surrounding the controversial remarks he made about race to anchor Anderson Cooper.

Partial transcript as follows:

STERLING: When I listen to that tape, I don’t even know how I can say words like that … I don’t know why the girl had me say those things.

COOPER: You’re saying you were set up?

STERLING: Well yes, I was baited. I mean, that’s not the way I talk. I don’t talk about people for one thing, ever. I talk about ideas and other things. I don’t talk about people.