Barack ObamaEveryone in the sports world has weighed in on the racist comments allegedly made by Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, and now the Commander in Chief has made a statement.

President Barack Obama is on a diplomatic mission to Asia Pacific nations, and during a press conference Sunday was asked by a reporter about Sterling’s comments. Obama described the comments as “incredibly offensive racist statements,” before casting them as part of the country’s continuing struggle with the legacy of slavery and racism.

“When ignorant folks want to advertise their ignorance, you don’t really have to do anything, you just let them talk,”Obama said. “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 concluded by saying that he’s sure NBA commissioner Adam Silver will handle the investigation appropriately.

Hear what the President had to say in the video below.

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