President Obama on Sunday said the purported comments by NBA owner Donald Sterling are “racist,” and that people who make such remarks are “ignorant.”
His remarks follow the posting of an audio recording Friday by the TMZ website in which a man identified as Sterling, the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, tells his girlfriend not to bring black people to games.
The president made his comments at a press conference with Malaysia’s prime minister.
He called the remarks “incredibly offensive racist statements” and said he was confident NBA Commissioner Adam Silver will address the issue.
“When ignorant folks want to advertise their ignorance you don’t really have to do anything, you just let them talk,” Obama said.