NAACP says Donations Led to Latest Award for Donald Sterling

The Los Angeles branch of the NAACP has rescinded an award to Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling in light of the racially insensitive remarks attributed to him in an audiotape made public. (Photo: Kirby Lee, USA TODAY Sports)
The Los Angeles branch of the NAACP has rescinded an award to Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling in light of the racially insensitive remarks attributed to him in an audiotape made public.
(Photo: Kirby Lee, USA TODAY Sports)

Donald Sterling donated money for years to the Los Angeles chapter of the NAACP, which honored the Clippers owner with a lifetime achievement award in 2009 and was planning to present him another in May until the controversy broke over his racially insensitive comments that went public over the weekend.

The amount Sterling has given to the L.A. NAACP branch was not revealed at a news conference Monday held by L.A. branch president Leon Jenkins.

“It’s an insignificant amount of money, and we’re going to return it,” said Jenkins, who added the NAACP and Sterling have had a relationship for “maybe 15-20 years.”

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Sterling’s award from the NAACP in 2009 came just before he agreed to pay a $2.765 million settlement in a case that alleged he discriminated against African Americans, Latinos and others at apartment buildings he owned in Los Angeles County.

The NAACP no longer plans to honor Sterling at its event next month, at which Rev. Al Sharpton and L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti will receive awards as Persons of the Year.

“There is no place in my town for any racist company,” Garcetti said Monday on CNBC. “We don’t want to see leadership of any company here that’s not welcome in Los Angeles. And we absolutely won’t tolerate it. Those comments were despicable. I hope that the very strongest sanctions are levied by the league against the owner if it is proven that that indeed is Donald Sterling.”

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Source: USA Today | David Leon Moore

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