For years, the owner of the L.A. Clippers, Donald Sterling, was a known racist.
He was a slum landlord who had been sued multiple times because of racial discrimination. One time, even by the Justice Department where he lost and was ordered to pay $2.7 million in claim settlements, and another $4.9 million in reimbursement for court costs and attorney fees. Yet, the NBA and the NAACP turned a blind eye to what they, now think, is abhorrent racist behavior.
Just as Sterling horrified the nation, so should they be horrified that the NBA and the L.A. chapter of the NAACP ignored his racism all those years. Ironically the NAACP was about to honor Sterling with a second Black achievement award. Why aren't these two groups being asked to answer for this. Instead, the NBA punishes Sterling to the maximum. In my opinion, this over-the-top punishment is only being handed out to divert attention away from their complicity all these years. It is an obvious attempt to remove the tarnish on the NBA's image. I would also expect the NAACP to return any moneys given to them by Sterling. If not it would only appear as if Sterling had purchased his coveted achievement awards.
Donald Sterling Bio: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donald_Sterling
Daily Mail: The True Don Sterling Story: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2616878/EXCLUSIVE-Donald-Sterling-stripped-bare-Disgraced-Clippers-boss-violent-bully-paraded-NAKED-kids-friends-calls-Christians-STUPID-whipped-son-belt-told-stop-eating-like-n-er.html