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Obama denounces 'ignorant' alleged racism by NBA owner

Published on Apr 27, 2014 3:42 PM
 
US President Barack Obama inspects an honour guard during a state welcoming ceremony outside the Parliament house in Kuala Lumpur April 26, 2014. Mr Obama interrupted his diplomatic initiative in Asia on Sunday to condemn "ignorant" and "incredibly offensive" racist remarks allegedly made by the owner of the NBA Los Angeles Clippers. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

KUALA LUMPUR (AFP) - US President Barack Obama interrupted his diplomatic initiative in Asia on Sunday to condemn "ignorant" and "incredibly offensive" racist remarks allegedly made by the owner of the NBA Los Angeles Clippers.

Mr Obama took aim at the reported comments by Clippers owner Donald Sterling and said he was confident the National Basketball Association would address the controversy.

The US President, speaking in Malaysia, said the statements were "incredibly offensive" and "racist".

"I don't think I have to interpret those statements for you. They kind of speak for themselves," said Mr Obama.

 
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