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Donald Sterling: 'I made a mistake'

Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling apologises for making racist comments that resulted in him being banned by the NBA for life.

Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling has apologised for making racist comments that resulted in him being banned for life by the NBA.

The 80-year-old was heard in a recording released by TMZ telling his girlfriend V Stiviano that he did not want her to bring black people to games at the Staples Center.

He has been fined $2.5m (£1.5m) for his comments, which is the maximum financial penalty that the league can impose.

"I'm a good member who made a mistake and I'm apologizing and I'm asking for forgiveness," he told CNN.

"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."

Sterling has reportedly said that he will not sell the Clippers despite his ban.

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