Charlotte Bobcats majority owner Bob Johnson apologized Thursday to Sen. Barack Obama for comments that he made Sunday at a rally for New York Sen. Hillary Clinton.
"I’m writing to apologize to you and your family personally for the uncalled-for comments I made at a recent Clinton event," he wrote. "In my zeal to support Senator Clinton, I made some very inappropriate remarks for which I am truly sorry. I hope that you will accept this apology. Good luck on the campaign trail."
The apology is a stark reversal from earlier this week, when an unapologetic Johnson described his frustration that Clinton is pitted against a black candidate who comes across as unblemished.
At the Clinton rally, Johnson made what appeared to be a veiled reference to Obama's drug use as a young man:
"To me, as an African American, I am frankly insulted the Obama campaign would imply that we are so stupid that we would think Hillary and Bill Clinton, who have been deeply and emotionally involved in black issues — when Barack Obama was doing something in the neighborhood; I won’t say what he was doing, but he said it in his book — when they have been involved," he said.
Obama’s campaign accepted the apology, Johnson said.
From the Charlotte Observer