NAACP Withdraws Lifetime Acheivement Award For Clippers Owner
After the revelations about his racist rant became public, the NAACP decided to withdraw the Lifetime Achievement Award it was going to give to Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Starling:
NAACP Interim President Lorraine Miller said Sunday the NAACP will not go forward with plans to give a lifetime achievement award to Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling.
Appearing on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Miller condemned the racist remarks allegedly made by Sterling that were caught on audio recording and leaked over the weekend. The NAACP’s Los Angeles chapter was scheduled to give Sterling a lifetime achievement award at its 100th anniversary celebration next month.
“He is not receiving a lifetime achievement award from the NAACP,” Miller said.
While it has not been confirmed that the voice on the recording is Sterling’s, he’s not denied making the remarks.
Meanwhile, the NBA Commissioner does not appear ready to act:
NBA commissioner Adam Silver said he would not immediately punish Clippers owner Donald Sterling following the release of an audio tape that allegedly featured Sterling making racist remarks to his girlfriend.
“All members of the NBA family should be afforded due process and a fair opportunity to present their side of any controversy, which is why I’m not yet prepared to discuss any potential sanctions against Donald Sterling,” Silver said. “We will, however, move extraordinarily quickly in our investigation. In the meantime, Mr. Sterling has agreed he will not attend his playoff game tomorrow in Golden State.”
Silver is purportedly going to address the matter further tonight on NBA TV.