Los Angeles NAACP Cancels Plans To Honor Donald Sterling
In light of what, seemingly, the world now knows about L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling you might be surprised to learn he was scheduled to receive a major honor from the NAACP in just a few short weeks.
Needless to say, those plans have been scraped and they will now be honoring someone else.
— NAACP (@NAACP) April 27, 2014
The Los Angeles chapter had planned to recognize Sterling with a Lifetime Achievement Award and its 100th anniversary banquet on May 15, according to USATODAY.
Want another shocker?
Sterling was honored by the exact same NAACP chapter in 2009 with…wait for it, another lifetime achievement award!
The L.A. Time reported on it back in 2009 when he was given the honor. Ironically, this was about the same time that Sterling faced allegations and a lawsuit from former NBA great Elgin Baylor claiming the Clippers’ owner what not only a racist, but someone who embraced a Southern plantation-type structure. (Full 2009 article here)
When asked about the allegations against their honoree back in 2009, the NAACP L.A. Chapter president Leon Jenkins told the paper this:
Noting that the NAACP had made plans to honor Sterling before Baylor filed suit, Jenkins says, “We can’t speak to the allegations, but what we do know is that for the most part [Sterling] has been very, very kind to the minority youth community.” . . .