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Barack Obama backs league actions against Donald Sterling

Apr 30, 2014, 6:30 PM EDT

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It was a sign of how big the controversy surrounding the racist statements of Clippers’ owner Donald Sterling had gotten — President Barack Obama was asked about it during a press conference in Malaysia with that country’s prime minister. Because what else is going on in that part of the world of importance?

Wednesday at the daily press briefing at the White House, press secretary Jay Carney was asked about Obama’s reaction to Adam Silver giving Sterling a lifetime ban, reports the Associated Press.

President Barack Obama is supporting the NBA’s lifetime ban against Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling… Carney said Wednesday that Obama believes the league did the right thing in response to Sterling’s racist comments.

What else was he going to say?

First off, Silver did the right thing in this case.

Second, this is one of those rare news items where everyone is on the same page — nobody rational is backing Sterling, thinking he is in the right here. We might question why it took the NBA so long to out or how exactly they can oust him as an owner, but nobody is in his corner. It’s an easy call for any politician.

  1. asimonetti88 - Apr 30, 2014 at 6:43 PM

    Thanks, Obama

    • jimeejohnson - Apr 30, 2014 at 8:02 PM

      At least you admit it.

  2. noffy32 - Apr 30, 2014 at 6:44 PM

    Lol. The words of B.O. makes everything right. Why not have a beer summit?

  3. azarkhan - Apr 30, 2014 at 6:45 PM

    Excuse me while I puke.

    • philtration - Apr 30, 2014 at 8:36 PM

      Bet that is not the first time another man made you gag

      • azarkhan - Apr 30, 2014 at 9:06 PM

        As an Obama groupie, I’m sure you know all about gagging.

  4. ranfan12 - Apr 30, 2014 at 6:47 PM

    If I had a team, it would be the Los Angeles Clippers

  5. tampajoey - Apr 30, 2014 at 7:18 PM

    Stick to spying on innocent American citizens and stay out of sports.

    • ranfan12 - Apr 30, 2014 at 7:28 PM

      But basketball is his thing

    • jimeejohnson - Apr 30, 2014 at 8:01 PM

      Cannot believe I agree with Tampon. But I do.

      • cantonbound13 - Apr 30, 2014 at 8:47 PM

        Now it makes sense, you’re an ignorant Republican.

    • asimonetti88 - Apr 30, 2014 at 10:33 PM

      He had to take a break from all the golfing.

  6. antistratfordian - Apr 30, 2014 at 7:18 PM

    What in the world is Barry doing with the basketball in that picture? That’s a shooting form only Joakim Noah could love.

    • ranfan12 - Apr 30, 2014 at 7:28 PM

      Taking it easy on some scrubs. Can’t show off the presidential arsenal

  7. tribefever - Apr 30, 2014 at 7:52 PM

    President Obama’s reaction to Dr. Kermit Gosnell “No comment”.

    • justanacehole - Apr 30, 2014 at 8:05 PM

      “I can’t comment on it because it’s an active trial,” Obama said. “If an individual carrying out an abortion, operating a clinic or doing anything else is violating medical ethics, violating the law then they should be prosecuted.”

  8. jimeejohnson - Apr 30, 2014 at 8:00 PM

    His team’s done. Daaaaaaaa Bulls!

  9. philyeagles5 - Apr 30, 2014 at 8:15 PM

    I’m shocked. I thought he would’ve said he hated black people and was in full support of sterling.

  10. andreboy1 - Apr 30, 2014 at 8:29 PM

    Barack O’ airball.

    I voted for him twice, but this dude is lame on the court.

    • antistratfordian - Apr 30, 2014 at 9:13 PM

      Name another President who can take Obama one on one….

      Bush? One dimensional chucker.
      Clinton? Matador defense.
      Reagan? He bought championships.
      Nixon? Crumbled under pressure.

      • asimonetti88 - Apr 30, 2014 at 10:40 PM


      • antistratfordian - Apr 30, 2014 at 10:46 PM

        All he does is dunk.

  11. haaaaasoooooo - Apr 30, 2014 at 8:31 PM

    At least he has his priorities in order.

    • philtration - Apr 30, 2014 at 8:38 PM

      Like NOT starting another stupid and costly war?

  12. rdrfan - Apr 30, 2014 at 8:50 PM

    Coming from Obama is sickening. He should have been deported years ago.

  13. cantonb0und13 - Apr 30, 2014 at 9:08 PM

    Off topic but…

    Why do people continue to love Durant sooooo much??? I don’t know understand why everyone has a man crush for Durant… He been awful for TWO STRAIGHT POSTSEASON! He admitted that T. Allen is getting into his head… Really “MVP” honestly can’t stand Durant. This dude had bunch of talent since day one of his career. Stop making excuses.

  14. rdrfan - Apr 30, 2014 at 9:48 PM

    Dwight D. Eisenhower

  15. noffy32 - Apr 30, 2014 at 10:15 PM

    Abe Lincoln. He would have been a center in those days. B.O. still can’t guard anyone in those mom jeans.

  16. rdrfan - Apr 30, 2014 at 10:22 PM

    B. O. Is a puppet anyway

  17. dyn0myte - Apr 30, 2014 at 11:52 PM

    “…everyone is on the same page — nobody rational is backing Sterling, thinking he is in the right…”

    I do not back his prejudice, but I do back his rights.
    It is illegal for any organization or employer to selectively administer discipline.

    Denigrating, humiliating, or insulting human beings of African descent is wrong.

    Denigrating, humiliating, and insulting the physically handicapped is not less wrong.

    When Shaquille O’Neal (and countless others with similar transgressions) are banned for life, Donald Sterling’s punishment will be appropriate.

    Until then, the man has a great case for a discrimination lawsuit.

    • 6thsense10 - May 1, 2014 at 7:06 AM

      Where did you get your law degree? Different people at different levels of an organization are routinely treated differently in terms of punishment for similar consequences.


      The NBA has by laws that governs the owners and a CBA that governs the players.

      It’s almost laughable that you would think a man that has desciminated against countless of his tenants and was caught on tape making racists comments that got him forced out of the NBA per the by laws he agreed to would then have a good case for a discrimination lawsuit

      • dyn0myte - May 1, 2014 at 7:40 AM

        “…Different people at different levels of an organization are routinely treated differently in terms of punishment…”

        Shaquille O’Neal is a minority owner of the Sacramento Kinks. He is at the same level as Donald Sterling.

        In addition to insulting the physically handicapped, O’Neal has also mocked people who speak Chinese. This was, at the time, considered a racial slur.

        So, another owner has publicly humiliated the physically handicapped and mocked the language of nearly 20% of the worlds population – and the NBA has been without comment.

        Applying wholly different standards in very similar circumstances is discrimination – regardless of how you feel about the person being discriminated against.

      • dyn0myte - May 1, 2014 at 7:41 AM


        That was a legitimate typo

  18. atahualpaoxford - May 1, 2014 at 12:20 AM

    Freedom of expression.
    He did NOT break any law.
    Hope he sues the NBA and get a zillion dollars.

    • realfootballfan - May 1, 2014 at 1:56 AM

      Some of you are dumb as a box of rocks. The NBA can get rid of anyone they please as long as all the member organizations are in agreement. It’s the same way they keep 18-year olds out of their league and put a cap on how much their players can make. SMH, some of you really need to be quiet when you don’t know what you’re talking about. The NBA is an anti-trust business, which means it doesn’t have the same rules you go buy at your cubicle working for the man.

      • jziii - May 1, 2014 at 12:18 PM

        If you are so much smarter than everyone else, you shouldn’t need to insult people. It doesn’t sound so cut and dry, judging from what this guy is saying. Although, I’m sure he’s as dumb as a box of rocks, too, and should be quiet because he doesn’t know what he is talking about.

    • 6thsense10 - May 1, 2014 at 7:12 AM

      I have to really question the education of the average American when ever I see them trying to apply Freedom of speach in this case. That you don’t know it applies only to limiting the government from prosecuting you for your speach is not surprising. That you don’t realize Sterling agreed to the NBA bylaws which the commissioner has ruled he violated is also not surprising.

  19. realfootballfan - May 1, 2014 at 2:01 AM

    Kind of telling though who you are that you want a blatant racist to bankrupt the NBA, lol. These kinds of incidents always pull the racists out of their holes even when you try to hide behind asinine arguments like “freedom of speech” and “right to be a bigot.”

    • 6thsense10 - May 1, 2014 at 7:14 AM

      If no one cared then no one would be commenting on this article.

    • jziii - May 1, 2014 at 12:25 PM

      Everyone has a right to be a bigot. Just like you have a right to be a race-baiter. And NBC Sports has a right to ban us from their comment boards at any time. It’s unfortunate that you keep stooping to equating someone disagreeing with the NBA’s decision to being a racist/bigot. Not everyone sees it that way. It’s actually possible to disagree with the decision and the implications of it and not actually be a bigot. I know this for sure, because I am not a bigot.

      • realfootballfan - May 1, 2014 at 1:22 PM

        You just play one in your spare time. Stop defending bigots’ so called rights, and you won’t come off like a bigot sympathizer. Owning an NBA team is no one’s right. It’s a private club and they’re going to kick this idiot out. You should be able to applaud that without going into your rambling defense of this idiot behind “Constitutional” rights, which have nothing to do with this btw. He can say whatever he wants to say, but it has dire consequences, which is the lesson he and you too should take from this.

  20. kavika6 - May 1, 2014 at 2:04 AM

    WHO CARES what obama thinks.

  21. sailbum7 - May 1, 2014 at 7:34 AM

    Who would have thougt that Obama would jump on the bandwagon and want to see Sterling get banned for life. Notice Obama did not say anything until his pollsters got the numbers in so that Obama could make sure he was with the majority. I mean after all, Obama can not take a public position that goes against what the majority wants, it might hurt his public image.

    • blueintown - May 1, 2014 at 7:45 AM

      Can’t get anything past you.

  22. gostlcards5 - May 1, 2014 at 1:13 PM

    No. one. cares.

  23. atahualpaoxford - May 2, 2014 at 12:19 AM

    I still don’t understand what the big problem is…
    The gut expressed an opinion on a personal phone call…
    Is it stupid..??? yes..
    Is it crazy..??? yes…
    Bur still I don’t get what law was it that he broke…
    If he had said: Don’t bring anybody with guns to my games…could he have been sued by the NRA..???
    We’re in an age of f**cking too much political correctness…
    Did he refused to sell tickets to black people..??? No…
    It’s not a restaurant were he refused to served them…
    So…what exactly is the problem..????

  24. musketmaniac - May 2, 2014 at 9:51 PM

    Ronald `wing` Reagan played college football. My man Obama is not that athletic.

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