Obama: Reported comments by team owner ‘racist’

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FILE – In this Oct. 17, 2010 file photo, Los Angeles Clippers team owner Donald Sterling watches his team play in Los Angeles. The NBA is investigating a report of an audio recording in which a man purported to be Sterling makes racist remarks while speaking to his girlfriend. NBA spokesman Mike Bass said in a statement Saturday, APril 26, 2014, that the league is in the process of authenticating the validity of the recording posted on TMZ’s website. Bass called the comments “disturbing and offensive.” (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)

FILE – In this Oct. 17, 2010 file photo, Los Angeles Clippers team owner Donald Sterling watches his team play in Los Angeles. The NBA is investigating a report of an audio recording in which a man purported to be Sterling makes racist remarks while speaking to his girlfriend. NBA spokesman Mike Bass said in a statement Saturday, APril 26, 2014, that the league is in the process of authenticating the validity of the recording posted on TMZ’s website. Bass called the comments “disturbing and offensive.” (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)

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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 he’s confident NBA Commissioner Adam Silver will address the comments.

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. He says Americans have to be “steady and clear in denouncing” discrimination.

Associated Press

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