Donald Sterling told CNN's Anderson Cooper that he and Magic Johnson had a conversation. According to Sterling, Magic Johnson called him after the initial recording with V. Stiviano was released.

Sterling told Cooper,

"He released a tape that I said to him, that I talked to him in confidence."

Several days ago, website RadarOnline.com posted a recording between Donald Sterling and a "long-time friend," which went on to be reported by many media outlets. "It breaks my heart that Magic Johnson, a guy that I respect so much, wouldn't stand up and say, 'Well let's get the facts. Let's get him and talk to him.'"

Take a listen to the recording that was posted in its entirety. Could this "long-time friend" Donald Sterling referred to as "you" actually be Magic Johnson?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Donald Sterling also told Anderson Cooper "I think he wanted me to just do nothing so he could buy the team. He thought the whole thing would be resolved in two weeks."

On April 28th, Yahoo Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski reported that Magic Johnson and his backers want a chance to purchase the team. "Magic's absolutely interested," Yahoo Sports stated in their report, citing a league source.

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Donald Sterling said what he said. There's no taking that back. But, could Magic Johnson have some sort of role in this? I'm not sure anything would surprise me nowadays.

 

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