Donald Sterling isn’t very pleased that President Barack Obama decided to weigh in on his racist comments that likely will cost him his ownership stake in the Los Angeles Clippers.
In an exclusive audio recording from the Daily Mail, Sterling said Obama used “such bad judgment” by commenting the day after his racist comments emerged, and characterized Obama’s statement as “flippant.”
Obama’s “flippant” comment was as follows:
“When ignorant folks want to advertise their ignorance, you don’t really have to do anything, you just let them talk,” Obama while in Malaysia. “That’s what happened here.”
He went on to say that Sterling’s comments are an example of how ’the United States continues to wrestle with the legacy of race and slavery and segregation.’
Sterling takes issue with the fact that Obama spoke up before “getting all the full facts first.”
“I think that was such bad judgment on his (Obama’s) part to make a flippant comment from Malaysia,” Sterling said. “Wasn’t that? How does he know what the facts are?”
Oddly, Sterling said if it was him, he’d be careful before opening his mouth.
“I’m a lawyer. If you or anyone calls me to ask me an opinion I say let me review the papers – you know — I wanna check,” Sterling said. “I don’t give comments unless I do. Why would he make a comment without talking either to Magic or somebody here? Or review the papers. I think that was such bad judgment on his part to make a flippant comment from Malaysia. Wasn’t that? How does he know what the facts are?”
Don’t worry though, Sterling says he likes Obama.
“Our president …he’s a good guy and I like him, I just think everybody wants to get in to (sic) the act — is that it?”