Donald Sterling: President Obama responds to racist comments reportedly made by LA Clippers owner

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.

Michael Jordan released a statement Sunday addressing the matter as both a current owner and a former player. He says that as an owner, "I'm completely disgusted that a fellow team owner could hold such sickening and offensive views."

As a former player, Jordan says "I'm completely outraged."

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