By now, you probably know that LA Clippers owner (that makes him the boss of Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and Doc Rivers), Donald Sterling, is caught up in an absolute ####storm based on recordings that portray him as a racist. And an inconsistent one at that.
But what if I told you the NAACP (Los Angeles chapter) was set to give him a lifetime achievement award in 2014?
You’d probably tell me they planned on doing that before the recordings came out, right? You’d be right.
But wait! They also decided to give him the lifetime achievement award with the following litigation in Sterling’s past:
- 2009: Sued by former Clippers general manager Elgin Baylor in L.A. Superior Court for wrongful termination and discrimination on the basis of age and race. Baylor later dropped the race accusation; jury ruled in Sterling’s favor in 2011. (LAT)
- 2009: Paid a record $2.73 million to settle allegations by the government that he refused to rent apartments to Hispanics, blacks and families with children in L.A. (ESPN)
- 2005: Paid an undisclosed sum and nearly $5 million in attorney fees to settle an unrelated 2003 lawsuit that claimed he tried to drive non-Korean tenants out of apartments he bought in Koreatown. (ESPN)
- 2005: Jury decided in Sterling’s favor in a suit in which former property manager, Sumner Davenport, claimed Sterling sexually harassed her and that Sterling’s companies had racially prejudiced employment and housing practices. (ESPN)
Never lost a lawsuit! Settled some, but never lost!
Wow – Ladies and Gentlemen, the LA Chapter of the NAACP!
Good times. BTW, Matt Kemp changed his walkup music to the King of Pop’s “Black or White” after getting the Sterling splatter on him over the weekend.
Kris Dunn is a Partner and CHRO at Kinetix, a national RPO firm for growth companies headquartered in Atlanta. He’s also the founder Fistful of Talent (founded in 2008) and The HR Capitalist (2007) – and has written over 70 feature columns at Workforce Management magazine. Prior to his investment at Kinetix, Kris served in HR leadership roles at DAXKO, Charter and Cingular. In his spare time, KD hits the road as a speaker and gives the world what it needs – pop culture references linked to Human Capital street smarts.