Obama: Reported Comments by Team Owner 'Racist'

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) - President Barack Obama says comments reportedly made by the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers are "incredibly offensive racist statements."

An audio recording was posted on the TMZ website of a man identified as team owner Donald Sterling telling his girlfriend not to bring black people to games.

Obama says --quote -- "when ignorant folks want to advertise their ignorance you don't really have to do anything, you just let them talk."

Obama was asked about the comments at a press conference Sunday with Malaysia's prime minister.

He says it's an example of the U.S. continuing to wrestle with the legacy of racism, slavery and segregation.

Commissioner Adam Silver says the league finds the audio "disturbing and offensive." Silver says the NBA will move quickly in its investigation and hopes to have it "wrapped up in the next few days."

Clippers President Andy Roeser says the recording doesn't reflect Sterling's beliefs and says the woman in the audio "is the defendant in a lawsuit brought by the Sterling family alleging that she embezzled more than $1.8 million."

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