MILWAUKEE — Milwaukee Bucks president Peter Feigin (FAY’-gun) says he did not intend to characterize Milwaukee as “overtly racist.”

Feigin said in a statement Tuesday that Milwaukee is “a terrific community with wonderful people” and he is “proud to be a part of it.”

Last week, the Wisconsin State Journal reported that Feigin called Milwaukee the “most segregated, racist place” he has seen during a speech. He was discussing the new arena’s potential for helping out parts of Milwaukee that need it.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ( ) reports Feigin says he was “addressing a question about the social, economic and geographic divides that exist and how we can help address them.”

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett says he’s eager to work with Feigin to improve the city’s race relations.

Information from: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel,