WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) — President Barack Obama is supporting the NBA’s lifetime ban against Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling.
That’s according to White House press secretary Jay Carney. Carney said Wednesday that Obama believes the league did the right thing in response to Sterling’s racist comments.
Obama had weighed into the controversy over the weekend during a trip to Asia. The president called Sterling’s secretly recorded comments “incredibly offensive racist statements.”
Obama also cast Sterling’s remarks as part of a continuing legacy of slavery and discrimination that Americans have to constantly be on guard against.
In the leaked audio recordings to TMZ and Deadspin, Sterling told his girlfriend, V. Stiviano, “it bothers me a lot that you want to broadcast that you’re associating with black people.”
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver announced the punishment Tuesday. Silver also said he will try to force a sale of the Clippers and fined Sterling $2.5 million.
Several NBA teams were reportedly ready to boycott their playoff games if Sterling did not receive the maximum punishment.
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