The NBA is investigating a report of an audio recording in which a man purported to be Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling makes racist remarks while speaking to his girlfriend. In the recording posted on TMZ, the man questions his girlfriend's association with minorities and tells her not to bring African-Americans to games.
NBA spokesman Mike Bass said in a statement that the league is in the process of authenticating the validity of the recording posted on TMZ's website. Bass called the comments "disturbing and offensive."
The controversy reached halfway around the world to Malaysia, where President Obama currently is. During a press conference with the Malaysian prime minister, Obama was asked about the comments.
"The statements by the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, for our Malaysian audience, this is a sports team, basketball team in the United States. The owner is reported to have said some incredibly offensive, racist statements that were published," Obama said. "When ignorant folks want to advertise their ignorance, you don't really have to do anything, you just let them talk and that's what happened here."