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Obama, present and former NBA players react to Donald Sterling situation

Real estate mogul and Los Angeles Clippers NBA basketball team owner Donald Sterling attends the Milken Institute Global Conference in Beverly Hills, California May 1, 2012.

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"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."

— U.S. President Barack Obama

"There's no room for Donald Sterling in the NBA – there is no room for him."

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— Miami Heat star LeBron James

"I'm obviously disgusted that a fellow team owner could hold such sickening and offensive views. I'm confident that Adam Silver will make a full investigation and take appropriate action quickly."

— Michael Jordan, majority owner and chairman of the Charlotte Bobcats

"I will never go to a Clippers game again as long as Donald Sterling is the owner."

— Former basketball star Magic Johnson on Twitter

"He should not continue owning the clippers."

— Los Angles Lakers star Kobe Bryant on Twitter

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"This is a defining moment for the league. It's a defining moment for the commissioner."

— Kevin Johnson, Sacramento mayor and National Basketball Players Association search committee chairman

"It upsets all of us. There's not one guy who is happy with this situation."

— Clippers coach Glenn "Doc" Rivers

"My feeling would be the same, no matter if I was coaching, playing or a fan. There's no place for it."

— Golden State Warriors coach Mark Jackson, who played for the Clippers from 1992-94

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