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Sterling: I Was Baited Into Racist Comments

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Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling says he’s sorry but feels he was “baited” to make racist comments, nearly two weeks after the NBA fined him and banned him for life for his remarks in a recorded conversation.

“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,” he told CNN’s Anderson Cooper in an exclusive interview set to air on Monday.

“You’re saying you were set up?” Cooper asked.

“Well yes, I was baited,” Sterling said. “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.”

via Ismael Estrada and Catherine Shoichet of CNN

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Sources: Shams Charania on Twitter

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Free agent guard Jarrett Jack has agreed to a one-year deal with the New Orleans Pelicans, per league sources.

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The San Antonio Spurs hired television analyst and 14-year NBA veteran Brent Barry to their front office, naming him vice president of basketball operations Monday.

Barry, who won titles in 2005 and 2007 with the Spurs, has been considering a move into an NBA front-office role for several years.

Source: Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN

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