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Final Word: Donald Sterling's tale is sadly entertaining

In this Dec. 19, 2011, file photo, Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling gestures while watching the Clippers play the Los Angeles Lakers during an NBA preseason basketball game in Los Angeles. Sterling only dug himself into a deeper hole after slamming Magic Johnson when he was supposed to be atoning for his own racist remarks. But he's not the first celebrity to learn the perils of making a non-apology apology. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok, File)

The Donald Sterling interview is flat out entertaining.

It's an overly long, rambling interview with a pathetic old man who has been surrounding himself with fans substituting as friends for too long.

In an effort to persuade, or perhaps shame, other NBA owners into allowing Sterling to keep ownership of his Los Angeles Clippers, he agreed to a one-on-one interview with Anderson Cooper.

His goal? Convince America, and by default the owners who hold his fate in their hands, that he is not a racist.

Never mind that an interview like that is like a murder trial where the prosecution has an HD videotape of the killing.

Sterling is such a big fan of his own program that he actually thinks he can get away with such a feat. It's really not surprising.

With a net worth just south of $2 billion, Mr. Sterling can afford the finest of anything but there's only so much good food, good wine and good real estate to enjoy. Without people in your life, all the material goods in the world are pretty worthless.

If you have as much as Donald Sterling, you need to be a little more selective about who you hang out with. You'll probably find way too many people who are willing to go along with anything you propose. If you're not too careful, you'll wind up surrounding your self ONLY with people who will agree with you and never challenge you. After a while, your craziness will start to sound very reasonable to you.

I think that's what happened to Donald Sterling.

His wife obviously can't stand to be with him. She filed for divorce 20 years ago, but hasn't quite found the time to sign on the dotted line. Do I need to tell you why?

It's sad, really, that someone can get to the point of being as crazy as Sterling, and yet have no idea how far off the rails he is.

About the Author

Years with the company: Just started with Bonneville, but have worked for and with KTAR AM and FM since 1991.

Career: I always knew my career would be touched by news. I started as a news intern in 1991 and eventually reported news and sports, and anchored newscasts at KTAR when it was an AM, news/talk/sports station. I went to work at the Attorney General's Office in 1995, as a spokesperson for the 300 attorneys there, and for Attorney General Grant Woods. I returned as a part-time host and host of Arizona's Morning News Saturday in 2001.

Education: I escaped Catholic school early when the nuns wanted me to skip the second grade. I found my independent voice at a private grade school in Painesville, Ohio, then called Phillips Elementary. The teachers there encouraged us to ask questions and challenge the status quo. They took us on mind-opening trips and never once treated us like children. I am grateful for those years! I left Ohio in 1988 to attend Arizona State University because I knew I wanted to live in the West. I majored in Journalism and interned at KTAR in the newsroom my senior year.

Family: I am the last of nine children and my parents were undoubtedly looking at retiring when I was born. I was raised early on mostly by my five wonderful sisters. I have so many first cousins that I haven't yet met most of them.

Favorite movie: Caddyshack and anything by John Hughes.

#1 sports team: NL Diamondbacks. AL Cleveland Indians. Gotta love a team whose mascot is named Chief Wahoo.

Outside interests: Working out, cooking, traveling and reading a great book.


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