Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling is sounding off about President Barack Obama’s comments on the scandal surrounding the NBA figure’s racist comments, calling the president’s remarks “flippant.”
“I think that was such bad judgment on his part to make a flippant comment from Malaysia,” a voice that is purportedly Sterling’s says in a series of audio recordings published Wednesday by the Daily Mail.
“He’s a good guy, and I like him, I just think everybody wants to get into the act, is that it?” Sterling added.
Last month, Obama responded to the audio recordings in which Sterling made racist remarks, calling them “incredibly offensive.”
“When people – 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,” the president said at the time during a news conference in Malaysia.
Sterling’s comments, which rocked the NBA, led to the league’s commissioner, Adam Silver, banning Sterling from the league for life and fining the owner $2.5 million. Silver said he would move to force a sale of the team.
However, in the recording obtained by the Daily Mail, Sterling questioned the fine, adding that his lawyers said it’s excessive.
“Well let’s see. If the Supreme Court of the United States – and they’ve done this to baseball players – feels that it’s excessive, that it’s unfair, they’ll reduce it,” Sterling said.