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Donald Sterling

HEY BLACK FRIENDS

... Defend Me!

5/4/2014 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0428-donald-sterling-getty-01Donald Sterling is desperately trying to play the "I have black friends" card ... problem is, he can't get a black friend on board ... TMZ Sports has learned. 

Sources connected to Sterling tell us ... the disgraced L.A. Clippers owner has reached out to several people he considers friends -- hoping they will vouch for him as a not-racist person. 

We're told one of the people he reached out to is an African-American basketball player -- who respectfully declined Sterling's request ... along with everyone else Donald reached out to.

Maybe he should try to get Larry Elder's number.

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