LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling will not receive NAACP award
The NAACP is expected to hold a press conference Monday to address the alleged racist remarks of Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling.
According to TMZ Sports, Sterling was caught on tape telling his mixed-race girlfriend V. Stiviano (now his ex) that he doesn't want her bring black people to his games.
Sterling was supposed to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award from the NAACPs local branch next month at a banquet on May 15. Last night, the group announced via Twitter that he would not be getting the award after all.
Clippers players showed their feelings last night by turning their warm-up gear inside out as a form of protest.
Around the league, players wore black armbands and socks to represent the blacks that Sterling said were unwelcome at Clippers games.
Magic Johnson, who was mentioned by name during the taped argument between Sterling and his girlfriend, has said that he will not go to another LA Clippers game as long as Sterling is still the owner.
Basketball players are not the only ones reacting to Sterling's comments. Even President Obama had something to say about it while on a trip to Malaysia.
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver says the league is investigating and will act quickly. They can not force Sterling to sell the Clippers, but the can take steps to prevent him from appearing courtside at any of the team's games.
This is not the first time that Sterling has been accused of being a racist.
He was sued by former Clippers exec Elgin Baylor for racial discrimination, and he was also sued twice by the federal government for allegedly refusing to rent apartments to blacks and Latinos.
TMZ Sports is also reporting that Sterling has contacted his ex-girlfriend in an attempt to persuade her to not release additional recordings.
Allegedly, Stiviano has more than 100 hours of recordings, some of which could be very damaging to Sterling's reputation.
Sterling's estranged wife Shelly, who is still very involved with the team, has said that the family is devastated by the racist comments made by Sterling and that she will not let "one man's small-mindedness poison the spirit of the fans and accomplishments of the team in the city we love."
The NBA announced Monday morning that they will host a press conference on Tuesday.