NAACP Forgives Donald Sterling, Do You?

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After rescinding Donald Sterling’s Lifetime Achievement Award, Leon Jenkins, president of the NAACP’s Los Angeles chapter, says the organization is still willing to work with the Los Angeles Clippers owner despite alleged racist comments.

Following the emergence of a phone recording with what sources say is Sterling’s voice, the NAACP decided to no longer honor Sterling at an upcoming banquet.

But at a news conference held Tuesday, Jenkins said the NAACP would be open to talking with Sterling, according to ABC News.

“God teaches us to forgive, and the way I look at it, after a sustained period of proof to the African American community that those words don’t reflect his heart, I think there’s room for forgiveness. I wouldn’t be a Christian if I said there wasn’t,” Jenkins said. “We are negotiating with him about giving more moneys to African American students at UCLA, and so we are in preliminary discussions.”

Jenkins also said the organization has not spoken directly to Sterling since news of the controversial tape came out over the weekend.

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver is expected to discuss the league’s investigation and possible disciplinary actions for Sterling on Tuesday.