The NAACP Was Set To Give “Lifetime Achievement Award” To LA Clippers Owner Caught Making Racist Comments

I’m staying pretty clear of this Donald Sterling flap, for a few reasons — for one thing, there appears to still be some uncertainty that it’s Sterling’s voice — but it’s worth noting that the NAACP is pulling the Lifetime Achievement Award it was going to give him:

“He is not receiving a lifetime achievement award from the NAACP,” Lorraine Miller, the organization’s interim vice president, said on Meet The Press this morning.

Miller’s comment came after she condemned the owner’s alleged remarks, saying, “If you’re silent about this, then you’re accepting this, and people have got to say that this is not good and do something about it.”

Sterling previously received a similar award from the Los Angeles chapter of the NAACP in 2009. That award came despite a lawsuit by former Clippers General Manager Elgin Baylor related to allegedly racism business practices by Sterling.

Whether it turns out that Sterling made the comments or not, it’s interesting to note how much backlash he’s already received. Even President Obama has gotten involved in something that shouldn’t be more than a blip on the news radar — and may be inaccurate. I wonder if he’ll get the award retroactively if the recording isn’t of Sterling.

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