Los Angeles NAACP Decides Against Giving Clippers Owner An Award
Los Angeles, California (CNN) There's a growing backlash against the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers after an alleged racist rant caught on tape.
Over the weekend, TMZ and Deadspin posted audio recordings purportedly of Donald Sterling arguing with his alleged girlfriend.
On the tapes, the man who sounds like Sterling is heard using racist language in describing basketball players... including Earvin "Magic" Johnson.
The L.A. branch of the NAACP is weighing in on the controversy.
Branch president Leon Jenkins says this type of offensive and discriminatory language won't be tolerated.
“There is a personal, economic and social price that Mr. Sterling must pay for his attempt to turn back the clock on race relations. If these statements are not who Mr. Sterling is, then he should spend a sufficient amount of time that's necessary in the African American community to prove that he is not the person those words portray him to be or suggest he may be,” Jenkins said.
The civil rights organization was getting ready to award Sterling a lifetime achievement award at an upcoming ceremony... but has now canceled the event.
Meantime... the NBA is investigating the racism allegations.
Clippers president Andy Roeser says Sterling is upset over the racism accusations against him and is apologizing.