NAACP Exec Gives Explanation For Latest Award To Donald Sterling

Source: David Leon Moore / USA Today

LOS ANGELES — The president of the California branch of the NAACP was stunned when she got an invitation recently from the Los Angeles unit of NCAAP to a May gala honoring, among others, Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling with a lifetime achievement award.

Sterling already had been given a lifetime achievement award by the L.A. chapter in 2009 – the same year he agreed to pay a $2.765 million settlement in a case that alleged he discriminated against African Americans, Latinos and others at apartment buildings he owned in Los Angeles County.

In an interview Monday on ESPN radio with host Colin Cowherd, Alice Huffman said she was surprised Sterling was about to be honored again.

“I thought to myself, ‘A second lifetime award? That’s kind of unusual. He hasn’t died and come back to life. He already has one lifetime award. Why the second one?’ And then this story broke,” said Huffman, president of the California branch.

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