NAACP President Leon Jenkins Resigns Over Donald Sterling Scandal
The former president of the NAACP hopes his resignation can help the association move past the Donald Sterling scandal.
Following the scandal that resulted from Donald Sterling’s racist rant on a highly publicized recording, the president of the NAACP’a LA chapter, Leon Jenkins has resigned. His resignation was prompted by the fact that Sterling almost received a Lifetime Achievement award ahead of the scandal, leading to a lot of negative exposure for the organization. Jenkins hopes that his resignation will help the NAACP distance itself from the LA Clippers owner and the media storm surrounding him at the moment.
Sterling's comments sparked outrage over the weekend.
"Please be advised that the legacy, history and reputation of the NAACP is more important to me than the presidency," Jenkins wrote, via Reuters. "In order to separate the Los Angeles NAACP and the NAACP from the negative exposure I have caused the NAACP, I respectfully resign my position as president of the Los Angeles NAACP."
Sterling’s highly offensive remark came to light over the weekend, causing a number of Clippers players to speak out and several advertisers to pull funding from the team. In the recording, Sterling can be heard criticizing a female friend for "associating with black people." Following the remarks, on Tuesday Sterling was banned from any further ties with his team or professional basketball, and was stripped of his seat on the governing board of the National Basketball Association. Sterling has been ordered by Commissioner Adam Silver to sell the Clippers immediately. However, the termination of ownership might not be as speedy as expected. According to several experts, via USA Today, Sterling is likely to drag out the matter into a long court battle. At least one person who has battled Sterling in court — lawyer Carl E. Douglas, speaking for the website — thinks that's exactly what will happen, and the NBA is prepared for that.
Sterling might drag out the legal battle for the Clippers.
"Donald Sterling is a surly, defiant, tyrannical rich guy who is a bully and used to having his way," Douglas said.
The NBA’s finance advisory committee met yesterday to discuss the matter and decide on the organization’s next steps in the Sterling case.