Donald Sterling: "I'm apologizing and I'm asking for forgiveness"

“I’m a good member who made a mistake and I’m apologizing and I’m asking for forgiveness,” he told CNN’s Anderson Cooper in an exclusive interview set to air on Monday. “Am I entitled to one mistake, am I after 35 years? I mean, I love my league, I love my partners. Am I entitled to one mistake? It’s a terrible mistake, and I’ll never do it again.”…

“I’m not a racist,” Sterling told Cooper. “I made a terrible mistake. I’m here to apologize.”

Asked by Cooper why he took so long to say he’s sorry, Sterling said he was “emotionally distraught.”

“The reason it’s hard for me, very hard for me, is that I’m wrong. I caused the problem. I don’t know how to correct it,” he said.