NAACP: Donald Sterling won't receive lifetime achievement award
Believe it or not, Donald Sterling was set to receive the lifetime achievement award from the NAACP next month. That is no longer going to happen, in light of his alleged comments.
As a result of the stunning alleged racist remarks from Clippers owner Donald Sterling, the Los Angeles chapter of the NAACP won’t be awarding Sterling a lifetime achievement award, as had been previously planned.
The NAACP was set to honor Sterling at next month’s 100th anniversary celebration, but the organization’s interim president, Lorraine Miller, told NBC’s Meet the Press on Sunday that those plans have been scrapped after audio leaked of Sterling apparently telling his girlfriend that he didn’t approve of her sharing social media photos of her with minorities (including Magic Johnson). Sterling also said he didn't want her bringing African Americans to Clippers games.
“He is not receiving a lifetime achievement award from the NAACP,” Miller affirmed, although as of noon on Sunday, his name, along with that of Reverend Al Sharpton, was still listed under the 2014 honorees of the NAACP's Los Angeles chapter.
The voice on the recordings has yet to be confirmed, but from Miller’s perspective, a non-denial is, at this point in the firestorm, somewhat an admission of guilt.
“If you’re silent about this, then you’re accepting this,” Miller said. “And people have got to say that this is not good and do something about it.”
According to the Clippers' website, Sterling has been honored by the NAACP in the past.
"He has received many honors, including the 2009 NAACP Lifetime Achievement Award, the 2008 BBA Humanitarian of the Year Award, and the 2008 NAACP Presidents Award."
The NBA is currently investigating the recordings, and league commissioner Adam Silver has vowed to act swiftly once the voice on the recordings has been confirmed.
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