“The president believes that the NBA has done the right thing,” White House press secretary Jay Carney said, weighing in on the controversy.
NBA commissioner Adam Silver on Tuesday imposed the ban and a $2.5 million fine on Sterling for remarks leaked online in which the owner admonished his girlfriend for being photographed with black people.
Obama in a recent weeklong trip to Asia ripped Sterling for his views.
“When ignorant folks want to advertise their ignorance, you don't really have to do anything, you just let them talk,” Obama said in Malaysia.
Silver said he would call on NBA owners to strip Sterling of his ownership, but the controversial figure is expected to battle that directive in court.