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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 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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