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Donald Sterling no longer receiving second NAACP Lifetime Achievement Award

Apr 28, 2014, 2:04 PM EDT

Los Angeles Clippers NBA basketball team owner Donald Sterling attends the Milken Institute Global Conference in Beverly Hills Reuters

The NAACP’s Los Angeles chapter planned to honor Donald Sterling with a lifetime achievement award at a May 15 ceremony.

It would have been his second such honor. Sterling’s official Clippers bio:

He has received many honors, including the 2009 NAACP Lifetime Achievement Award

Unsurprisingly, the NAACP came to its senses.

Why Sterling of all people would have received the honor makes as much sense as why anyone needs two lifetime achievement awards for anything – money buys influence. Sterling’s money has gotten him far in life, even into the NAACP’s good graces.

The bounds of where Sterling’s money can take him are closing, though. He has become so toxic, Clippers sponsors feel they can make more money by distancing themselves from a team with two of the NBA’s most popular players, Blake Griffin and Chris Paul.

The NAACP changing its course is sure to be only one of many setbacks headed Sterling’s way.

  1. cbking05 - Apr 28, 2014 at 2:14 PM

    They will just replace him with another billionaire.

    • paleihe - Apr 28, 2014 at 2:34 PM

      Nothing wrong with being a billionaire.

  2. gattaga72 - Apr 28, 2014 at 2:23 PM

    Money can get you any award twice!!!!!! NAACP guess has no choice but to stop receiving cash money from sterling to offset his racist slumlord ways!!!!

  3. antistratfordian - Apr 28, 2014 at 2:26 PM

    Makes sense.

  4. mogogo1 - Apr 28, 2014 at 2:33 PM

    First time I’ve ever heard of a “lifetime” award going to somebody twice. And how the heck did he get the first one, given 2009 was after he’d been fined millions for being a slum lord including testimony that he tried to keep from renting to African Americans?

  5. dhragonn - Apr 28, 2014 at 2:34 PM

    The nba may not be able to force him to sell. But if he doesn’t the value of the clippers may decrease significantly. I know he holds on what he buys, but it may be time to re-evaluate.

  6. azarkhan - Apr 28, 2014 at 2:50 PM

    So we’ve established that the NAACP can be bought. It’s merely a matter of haggling over the price.

  7. scoops1 - Apr 28, 2014 at 2:56 PM

    Can they give it to someone more deserving???…. Riley Cooper perhaps??

  8. ProBasketballPundit - Apr 28, 2014 at 2:58 PM

    That makes sense; racist organization giving awards to a racist. Game recognize game.

  9. mattyheisman - Apr 28, 2014 at 3:14 PM

    Pretty bizarre that he won the first one anyway. He has a long history of being a racist. I would love to hear the NAACP defend that one

    • cmehustle - Apr 28, 2014 at 3:21 PM

      Obviously they cant. Theyll try to sweep this all under the rug as if they never supported a uber racist. But Im with you, wow how the hell did he even get the first one???? Baffling…..

  10. benjamincharlesparho - Apr 28, 2014 at 3:25 PM

    If this comes out as being a fake tape (could be possible, you can’t deny it’s possible, especially if you listened to it), then shame on all the journalists casting him to hell with their high and mighty judgment of something they have been proclaiming fact since the beginning.

    All I’m wondering is what ever happened to innocent until proven guilty?

    • azarkhan - Apr 28, 2014 at 3:32 PM

      If it was fake, why hasn’t he issued a denial?

      • benjamincharlesparho - Apr 28, 2014 at 5:50 PM

        He has,,,,
        “Mr. Sterling is emphatic that what is reflected on that recording is not consistent with, nor does it reflect his views, beliefs or feelings. It is the antithesis of who he is, what he believes and how he has lived his life.”

        Read more: http://www.tmz.com/2014/04/26/donald-sterling-clippers-statement-racist-tmz-sports/#ixzz30DiS4xV9

      • spursareold - Apr 28, 2014 at 5:59 PM

        That’s a snow job. HE NEVER SAYS THAT ISN’T HIM. He also never denies saying it.

    • vanmorrissey - Apr 28, 2014 at 3:42 PM

      Likewise, against the law to tape someone without their consent. Sure, her lawyers will declare she knew nothing about it, but oh by the way, TMZ will pay for it also. She deserves(d) him, cause that girl will now go nowhere amongst other girlfriend seeking moguls out LA way. Hey, never know she’ll accidentally leave her phone on record next time.

    • jziii - Apr 28, 2014 at 3:49 PM

      “All I’m wondering is what ever happened to innocent until proven guilty?”

      This isn’t a court of law. It’s the media.

      • spursareold - Apr 28, 2014 at 6:01 PM

        I wish I could give this like 100 thumbs up. Some one who gets it.

  11. jziii - Apr 28, 2014 at 3:47 PM

    “Why Sterling of all people would have received the honor makes as much sense as why anyone needs two lifetime achievement awards for anything – money buys influence. Sterling’s money has gotten him far in life, even into the NAACP’s good graces.”

    I understand that this is really a blog housed as a “news” site, but you might consider looking into how and why Sterling was given the first award. Cuz journalism? Maybe it was just for being a big contributor, or maybe there is more to the story. There are plenty of people in the world who are rotten individuals who have also done great things in the service of humanity. My late father-in-law was a nasty person and a miserable human being, but he was also a skilled surgeon who saved a lot of people’s lives.

  12. mgavin78 - Apr 28, 2014 at 5:25 PM

    Funny they gave a racist the award one time. Good job NAACP.

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