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Athletes react to Clippers owner controversy

CINCINNATI (Brad Johansen) -- Numerous NBA owners and players condemned Donald Sterling's comments.

Even President Obama weighed in calling the Clippers owner, "ignorant."  Reds players spoke with Local 12's Brad Johansen about Tuesday's decision as well.

Todd Frazier, Cincinnati Reds' third baseman, said, "Um, I don't know what he said but I know it wasn't right, what he said.  I don't condone all the actions he did.  It's the NBA, it's a totally different beast than the MLB."

Reds outfielder, Billy Hamilton, told Local 12, "There's nothing you can do about it, it's just the way he feels.  The punishment he got was great, I think it was real real great.  I mean, it's life.  It happens like that, you gotta move on with it.  He got his punishment now everything's good, I think it's time to move on."

In the past, Donald Sterling has faced federal charges of civil rights violations and racial discrimination in his business dealings.  He has also been sued for sexual harassment by former employees.  If the Clippers are sold Sterling stands to get a considerable return on his investment.  He bough the franchise for close to 13 million dollars in 1981.  It's now valued at about 575 million.



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