Clippers coach Doc Rivers doesn't think much of Donald Sterling's apology

Tuesday May 13th, 2014

Doc Rivers was reportedly infuriated by Clippers owner Don Sterling's involvement in the team's trade negotiations this offseason. (Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images) The Clippers are tied 2-2 in their battle with the Oklahoma City Thunder. (Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

The apology made by banned Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling didn't do much for Clippers coach Doc Rivers.

Sterling appeared on CNN Monday night and said he was sorry for racially-hateful comments that surfaced, prompting NBA Commissioner Adam Silver to ban Sterling for life and to try to terminate his ownership in the team.

Rivers said he didn't watch the interview. He also said he didn't understand Sterling's comments about Magic Johnson not doing enough for minorities and not being a good role model for the children of Los Angeles.

"Obviously I know who Magic is," Rivers said, via USA Today. "I'll stand by Magic every day of the year because I've known him for a long time. Having said that, I don't know what's going on out there. I tried not to get involved in that part of it right now. Whatever it is, that doesn't sound like much of an apology to me."

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Silver said in a statement on Monday that "the NBA Board of Governors is continuing with its process to remove Mr. Sterling as expeditiously as possible."

Rivers said Sterling's apology should have come sooner.

"I'm glad that he did it. I don't have much more comments than that," Rivers said. "I think that's what you have to do, and you should do it. He probably should have done it right away. Having said that, I don't have much comment more than that. I haven't heard the apology. I personally don't need one. But I think the right thing is always when you make a mistake you should man up and apologize, so it's good that he did it."
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