Donald Sterling: “I’m so sorry”

Embattled LA clippers owner Donald Sterling is breaking his silence.

He sat down with cnn for his first interview since the racist rant scandal broke last month.

STERLING: “I’ve hurt so many people. So many innocent people and I’ve hurt myself.”

It’s donald sterling’s side of the story.

Up until now all we’ve heard from the billionaire clippers owner were those faceless recordings.

“You think I’m a racist? You think I have anything in the world but love for anybody “

Now Sterling is on the record and on camera.

He’s asking his team and the NBA for a second chance.

STERLING: “The people who are going to decide my fate, I think are not the media, not the players union but the NBA.”

Sterling flat-out rejected the notion that he’s a racist.

STERLING: “…I’m not a racist and I’ve never been a racist.”

COOPER: “Why wait so long to apologize?”

STERLING: “I just — I’m just so emotionally distraught, and 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.”

While Sterling told CNN’s Anderson Cooper that he was set up, his estranged wife was also speaking out.

In an interview with ABC’s Barbara Walters…Shelly Sterling said she plans to hold onto her share of the LA clippers.

SHELLY STERLING: “I’ve been with the team 33 years. Through the good times and the bad times and it’s my passion.

With or without his wife, Donald Sterling faces an uphill battle to hold on to the team, and clean up his image.

I’m Polo Sandoval reporting.

Anderson Cooper’s entire exclusive interview with Donald Sterling airs tonight on cnn.

You can catch it at 8:00pm eastern on ac 360.

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