NBA officials set to address Clippers owner racial controversy
Published on Apr 30, 2014 12:25 AM
NEW YORK (REUTERS) - National Basketball Association officials on Tuesday will try to calm public outrage over racist comments attributed to Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, with a long suspension from the game one possible penalty he faces.
The league moved quickly to address the scandal, which broke over the weekend when Website TMZ.com published a 10-minute recording in which a voice said to be Sterling's criticised a friend for associating with "black people."
The news prompted a wave of outrage from athletes, coaches and fans of the league, which was a leader in racial integration in US sports.
President Barack Obama called the comments "incredibly offensive racist statements," while House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner described them as "reprehensible."
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