Donald Sterling has a history of racist comments. Credit: Reuters
The NAACP said Monday that it is rescinding its decision to give a lifetime achievement award to embattled Clippers owner Donald Sterling, who is under fire for an audio recording in which he is heard allegedly making racist remarks about minorities.
The NBA is investigating an audio recording posted online of Sterling, 80, allegedly telling his girlfriend V. Stiviano not to post photographs of herself with black people and not to bring African-Americans to Clippers games, league officials said on Saturday.
Leon Jenkins, President of the Los Angeles chapter of the NAACP, said during a press conference Monday that Sterling will not be receiving the lifetime achievement award from the branch on May 15 as planned.
The NAACP is also returning an "insignificant amount" of money that Sterling donated to the organization, Jenkins said.
"There is a personal, economic, and social price that Mr. Sterling must pay for his attempt to turn the clock back on race relations. If these statements are not who Mr. Sterling is, then he should spend the appropriate time necessary proving to the African-American community that these words [don't] reflect who he is, or who he [wishes] to become," the group said in a prepared statement.
It would have been the second NAACP award for Sterling, who was granted a lifetime achievement award in 2009. Jenkins said Monday the group would not ask Sterling to return that award.