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Prez Obama Sterling 'Ignorant' ... 'Incredibly Offensive'

4/27/2014 4:28 AM PDT

Barack Obama -- Donald Sterling 'Ignorant,' 'Incredibly Offensive'

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President Obama joined in the lambasting of L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling, saying "When ignorant folks want to advertise their ignorance, you don't really have to do anything.  You just let them talk.  That's what happened here."

Obama spoke to reporters in Malaysia during his diplomatic mission, but things quickly turned domestic in the wake of the audiotape TMZ Sports posted.

Obama said Sterling's comments are an example of how "the United States continues to wrestle with the legacy of race and slavery and segregation."

The Prez also went on to say "That's still there, the vestiges of discrimination. We've made enormous strides, but you're going to continue to see this percolate up every so often."

Obama -- who called Sterling's remarks "incredibly offensive" --- said he's confident NBA Commish Adam Silver will do the right thing. Watch TMZ Sports on FS1 Get the new TMZ Sports app!


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