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.

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  1. PJ says:

    Why the expletive would the NAACP want to give him an award in the first place?

    Also, there’s an extended cut out now! With six extra minutes!

  2. Tillman says:

    Well that’s hilarious.

    “In the meantime, Mr. Sterling has agreed he will not attend his playoff game tomorrow in Golden State.”

    Oh no, his social calender is ruined!

  3. al-Ameda says:

    You just can’t make this stuff up anymore. Hilarious and incredibly cynical. Why was the NAACP giving an award to a billionaire real estate mogul whose company was successfully sued by hispanic and black plaintiffs for housing discrimination?

  4. Neo says:

    For some reason, I keep hearing a line from the 1976 movie, Midway, when I think of that NAACP Lifetime Achievement Award:

    Cmdr. Carl Jessop (Cliff Robertson): Good, he’s doing good. Good pilot. Good all around. I think his only problem would be… enemy identification. The boy’s got to learn man: you do not win a war by kissing the enemy.

    I’m sure there is some irony in there somewhere

  5. bill says:

    @al-Ameda: you know the answer, money!

  6. Mike says:

    The same group who gave r Kelly an award after peeing on the 14 yr old in the sex tape?

  7. al-Ameda says:


    @al-Ameda: you know the answer, money!

    Damned straight, Skippy. Exactly right.

  8. bill says:

    @Mike: i remember that skit that dave chapelle did on that topic!

  9. James Joyner says:

    Sterling can’t be too upset, given that the same NAACP chapter gave him a lifetime achievement award six years ago. There’s either much less achievement or much less advancement for colored people in LA than I’d have guessed.

  10. bill says:

    @James Joyner: if you throw money at the naacp (or any similar org.) then you get an award, it’s simple. they aren’t pioneers in soliciting donations for awards but they sure have joined the pool.

  11. Tyrell says:

    Another week. Another person in trouble for making dumb, nutcase comments. Another round of wall to wall coverage on some news channels. Another round of calls for resignations, boycotts, and other actions. Who will it be next week ? A movie star? A cook? A politician ? An electrician ? A writer? Perhaps a dump truck driver? A singer? A zoo worker? A coach? Perhaps a dog catcher? Maybe some famous preacher? A local tv weatherman? Maybe Putin? A vacuum cleaner salesman? A “shock jock” on the radio? (I think they are paid to say crazy things).
    Who’s it going to be next?
    I did find some stations that have already moved on to something else, like the latest troubles and travails of Miley Cyrus.