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Magic Johnson: Pray for Sterling, who is 'angry' at wrong person

By James Herbert | NBA writer

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Magic Johnson sat down with CNN's Anderson Cooper on Tuesday to respond to banished Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling's comments. Sterling had told Cooper that Johnson "got those AIDS" -- Johnson was actually diagnosed with HIV in 1991 and never diagnosed with AIDS -- and that Johnson had not done enough for minorities and was not a good example for children.

After reading a transcript, NBA commissioner Adam Silver issued a statement admonishing Sterling and apologizing to Johnson on behalf of the league. Johnson said that he would pray for Sterling, and that Sterling was reaching, trying to save his team, via CNN:

"My whole life is devoted to urban America. So, you know I just wish he knew the facts when he's talking," Johnson told CNN's Anderson Cooper exclusively Tuesday. "But he's a man who's upset and he's reaching. He's reaching. He's trying to find something that he can grab on to help him save his team. And it's not going to happen. ... I'm a God-fearing man and I'm going to pray for him and hope things work out for him."

Johnson's interview with Cooper will air at 8 p.m. ET on Tuesday on CNN.

Johnson also says Sterling is upset with the wrong person -- telling TMZ, "He should point the anger at the young woman."

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