Boxing champ Floyd Mayweather Jr. may be the only public figure in America currently willing to say anything nice about Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling.
“I don’t have nothing negative to say about the guy,” Mayweather, an African American, said Thursday, according to USA Today. “He’s always treated me with the utmost respect, he has always invited me to games, always. And he always says, ‘Floyd, I want you to sit right next to me and my wife.’ ”
On Tuesday, NBA commissioner Adam Silver banned Sterling from associating with the league for life and fined him $2.5 million dollars for racist remarks Sterling made to his girlfriend that she recorded and leaked to the press.
Mayweather’s fond feelings for Sterling aren’t preventing him from launching a bid to buy the Clippers from the embattled owner, however. (READ: The 27 highest paid athletes in the world)
“I can’t come in here talking about Mayweather only going to get 3% or 4%,” he said. “I got to get a solid percentage. But do we want to buy the Clippers? Yes we do. We’re very, very interested in buying the Clippers.”
Mayweather, the highest paid athlete in the world and boxing’s undisputed pound-for-pound king, enters the ring again this Saturday against Argentinian knockout artist Marcos Maidana.