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Former basketball star Magic Johnson sat down with CNN's Anderson Cooper Tuesday to respond to remarks made about him by embattled Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling.

During an interview that aired Monday on Anderson Cooper 360, Sterling referenced Johnson's status as HIV positive and said, "[Johnson's] great, I just don't think he's a good example for the children of Los Angeles." (Watch Sterling's interview with Cooper here.)

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Tuesday evening Johnson had the opportunity to respond. "My whole life is devoted to urban America," he said. "So, you know, I just wish he knew the facts when he's talking. But he's a man who's upset and he's reaching. He's reaching. He's trying to find something that he can grab on to help him save his team. And it's not going to happen."

Johnson also praised NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and his decision to ban Sterling for life. However, he also said he's "going to pray for [Sterling]" because he's not a guy who holds grudges.  

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"Even if I see him today, I'm going to say hello to Donald, and his wife as well. I'm not a guy who holds grudges and all that," Johnson said. "Am I upset? Of course! But at the same time, I'm a God fearing man and I'm going to pray for him and hope things work out for him."

Johnson, who used to play for the Los Angeles Lakers and is a part owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers, has been involved in the scandal since the beginning. Sterling's racist rant was allegedly prompted by his girlfriend, V. Stiviano, posting a picture on Instagram of herself with Johnson.

Watch part of Cooper's interview with Johnson here: