President Barack Obama has described comments allegedly made by the owner of LA Clippers, Donald Sterling, as “incredibly offensive racist statements” according to a Sky news report.
Speaking in Malaysia, where he is on a state visit, he said: “We constantly have to be on guard on racial attitudes that divide us rather than embracing our diversity as a strength.
“The United States continues to wrestle with the legacy of race and slavery and segregation that’s still there; the vestiges of discrimination.
“We’ve made enormous strides, but you’re going to continue to see this percolate up every so often.
“And I think that we just have to be clear and steady in denouncing it, teaching our children differently, but also remaining hopeful that part of why statements like this stand out so much is because there has been this shift in how we view ourselves.”
In the recording posted on TMZ, the male voice said to be Mr Sterling’s says: “It bothers me that you want to … broadcast that you’re associating with black people.”
The man specifically mentions former Lakers legend Magic Johnson on the recording, saying: “Don’t bring him to my games, OK?”
“How about your whole life, everyday, you could do whatever you want … The little I ask you is not to promote it on that (Instagram) and not to bring them to any games…
“I’m just saying, in your lousy ******* Instagrams, you don’t have to have yourself walking with black people.”
Mr Obama said he was confident NBA Commissioner Adam Silver would address the matter.