Sunday, April 27, 2014

Video: President Obama weighs in on Donald Sterling comments

Although President Obama is currently overseas in Malaysia, he took time during a press conference on Sunday to address the controversy surrounding the alleged audio clip of Donald Sterling making racist remarks.

In case you missed it, the Los Angeles Clippers owner is under fire after TMZ Sports obtained audio of him condemning African Americans during a conversation with his girlfriend, who is ironically mixed between African American and Mexican, earlier this month.

Here's what President Obama had to say about Sterling's comments:

“When ignorant folks want to advertise their ignorance, you don’t really have to do anything, you just let them talk."

The Commander-in-Chief also voiced his opinion on the matter in a more general stance about race in the U.S.:

“The United States continues to wrestle with the legacy of race and slavery and segregation, that’s still there, the vestiges of discrimination,” Obama said during a news conference in Malaysia, where he was traveling.

“We’ve made enormous strides, but you’re going to continue to see this percolate up every so often,” he added. “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 some much is because there has been this shift in how we view ourselves.”

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver held a press conference on Saturday to say that the league is working to verify the authenticity of the tape and will give Sterling due process before handing down any discipline.

Via The Big Lead