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May 12th, 2014
04:31 PM ET

Donald Sterling tells Anderson Cooper: I was 'baited' into 'a terrible mistake'

Watch Anderson Cooper's full interview with Donald Sterling at 8 p.m. ET Monday on "AC360" on CNN.

(CNN) - 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."

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