In light of the controversy surrounding Clippers owner Donald Sterling, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People has dropped their plans to give him a lifetime achievement award next month, the organization announced Sunday.
The Los Angeles chapter of the NAACP had originally planned to honor Sterling at the May 15 banquet, but tweeted that that is no longer the plan.
Sterling has been at the center of controversy since Friday night, when TMZ Sports leaked tapes that contain racist comments that are attributed to the NBA team owner. In them, Sterling is reportedly in a heated argument with V. Stiviano, sparked by her posting a photo of herself posing with Magic Johnson on her Instagram account.
“It bothers me a lot that you want to broadcast that you’re associating with black people. Do you have to?” The man identified as Sterling says in the recordings. “You can sleep with [black people]. You can bring them in, you can do whatever you want. The little I ask you is not to promote it on that … and not to bring them to my games.”
Since then, many have come out to speak out against Sterling, including Snoop Lion, Kevin Hart and Magic Johnson, who tweeted about the controversy Saturday.
The Clippers released a statement on Saturday denying that the comments come from Sterling. The NBA is investigating.