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Reactions To Alleged Comments Made By LA Clippers Owner

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An investigation has been launched into comments allegedly made by an NBA owner.

TMZ says it has an audio-recording of LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling making racist remarks.

Sterling allegedly told his girlfriend not to bring African American people to games or take pictures with them and post them to Instagram.

Fox 29's Sabina Kuriakose reports.

From LA to Philadelphia, it seems like everyone from politicians to sports fans have heard that tape, and they're weighing in on those controversial comments.

"We are all obligated to speak out. This is not about whether you like basketball or not, this is not about whether you're black or white or green, yellow or purple. It’s about how we treat each other, how we talk to each other, how we think of each other," Mayor Nutter said.

Mayor Michael Nutter, first on Fox, reacting to racist comments attributed by TMZ to LA Clippers owner, Donald Sterling.

"I don't think I have to interpret those statements for you. They kind of speak for themselves. When ignorant folks want to advertise their ignorance you don't have to really do anything you just let them talk, that's what happened here," said President Obama.

"Donald Sterling should be afforded due process just as any player in this league or any executive in this league would be," said NBA Commissioner Adam Silver.

Outrage over the tape can even be heard to the streets of Philadelphia

"A person in power like that. I don't know how you can say something like that along those lines. If I was on his team there's no way I’d play for him," said Bobby Stinson from Voorhees, N.J.

Experts say the comments reflect larger problems plaguing the NBA.

"What we really need to do is call for the NBA to do some diversity and sensitivity training because i would imagine Donald sterling is not the only one that displays these behaviors,” said Chad Dion Lassiter, expert on race relations.

Donald Sterling will not be at the Clippers playoff game Sunday.

The NBA’s investigation is now only in its second day.

It’s unclear what communication, if any, they have had with Sterling, but they do plan on interviewing him.

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