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Head of NAACP's L.A. Chapter Resigns Amid Sterling Fiasco

WI Web Staff | 5/1/2014, 9:55 p.m.
The president of the Los Angeles chapter of the NAACP has resigned amid backlash over a plan to give beleaguered ...
Leon Jenkins stepped down as president of NAACP's Los Angeles chapter on May 1 amid the scandal surrounding Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling's racially charged comments.

The president of the Los Angeles chapter of the NAACP has resigned amid backlash over a plan to give beleaguered Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling an award for civil rights.

The NAACP's national office said Leon Jenkins stepped down Thursday.

Jenkins was set to give Sterling an NAACP lifetime achievement award later this month but canceled those plans after revelations over the weekend of an audio recording that captured Sterling making racist comments about blacks, including his desire for his biracial girlfriend to publicly disassociate with black people.

"Please be advised that the legacy, history and reputation of the NAACP is more important to me than the presidency," Jenkins said a statement. "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 ultimately received a lifetime suspension and maximum $2.5 million fine from the NBA, which also seeks to remove him as team owner.