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President Obama supports Donald Sterling's lifetime ban

Barack Obama (Jay Directo/Getty Images) Barack Obama said the country has made enormous strides in race relations but there is still work to be done. (Jay Directo/Getty Images)

President Obama is in full support of NBA commissioner Adam Silver rendering a lifetime ban against Clippers owners Donald Sterling, White House press secretary Jay Carney said on Wednesday, according to the Associated Press.

In a trip to Asia over the weekend, the president called Sterling's taped comments "incredibly offensive racist statements."

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From the AP report: "Obama also cast Sterling's remarks as part of a continuing legacy of slavery and discrimination that Americans have to constantly be on guard against."

In his press conference in Malaysia, Obama also 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."

Obama also called Silver "a good man," and said the league is "steeped in African-American culture." His full comments can be seen below.

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