NAACP: We Can 'Forgive' Donald Sterling
But only if 'those words don't reflect his heart'
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 28, 2014 5:28 PM CDT
Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling attends the NBA basketball game between the San Antonio Spurs and Los Angeles Clippers in Los Angeles on Monday, March 2, 2009.   (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok)

(Newser) – The NAACP is still willing to work with Los Angeles Clippers' owner Donald Sterling despite his alleged racist remarks, ABC News reports. Having denied him a lifetime achievement award over his comments (see here and here), the organization held a press conference today where NAACP Los Angeles President Leon Jenkins called Sterling's words "devastating." Still, the NAACP could forgive the man it has worked with for nearly 20 years, Jenkins said: "God teaches us to forgive. ... I think there's room for forgiveness. I wouldn't be a Christian if I said there wasn't."

But Jenkins said he would need to see "a sustained period of proof to the African American community that those words don't reflect his heart." He said the NAACP is negotiating with Sterling about him giving more money to black students at UCLA, but they haven't spoken since the scandal broke. In other developments, sponsors like CarMax, Virgin America, and State Farm have either severed or paused their relationship with the Clippers, the LA Times reports. Clippers coach Doc Rivers said today that he "believed [Sterling] said those things," the LA Times reports, and CBS Sports reports that the NBA will make an announcement about its investigation tomorrow. (Click to read about Sterling's history of alarming comments.)

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Apr 30, 2014 3:16 PM CDT
The NAACP ain't out selling racial pardons for donations, and Sunday preachers ain't selling absolution for alms either. When the hell were you people born, last night? Politicians don't sell votes for congressional junkets, and generals don't sell weapons endorsements for country club memberships, and actors don't sell hemorrhoid cream for diamonds, either. Aids charities ain't out laundering Paul Allen's and Bill Gate's dirty money. Any more than a 60's Civil Rights hero on the Dimocratic Natlonal Committee will screw half the voters of Florida and Michigan to get his favorite son of a black hack a presidential nomination. Presidents won't screw you out of using your favored doctor so their supporters can get a free ride at the hospital. Anymore than TMZ will secretly record a private conversation for ratings. I keep waiting for the Uhmerican people to grow up, but they never do.
Apr 29, 2014 10:11 PM CDT
We want Mo' Money, Mo' Money, Mo' Money. They don't care about Larry or Curley's money.
Apr 29, 2014 7:49 PM CDT
Michael Jordan is the biggest Hypocrite of all of them. I never heard that he donated to anyone except to the whore house in Las Vegas and gambling. He is behind attack on Sterling, I can't imagine that there was a time when I liked him as a sportsman.