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Councilmember Bernard Parks Wants City To Condemn Sterling’s Alleged Racial Comments

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LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com)  — Following a strong rebuke Saturday from Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, today City Councilmember Bernard C. Parks’ also blasted Clippers owner Donald Sterling for racially-insensitive comments he allegedly made.

Parks asked his staff to draft a resolution to have the City of Los Angeles take an official position on the racial comments.

In a statement from his office, Parks’ resolution has five points.

(1) condemn the statements

(2) demand a personal apology to the entire Los Angeles Community, and specifically city treasure and international icon Earvin “Magic” Johnson

(3) request National Basketball Association Commissioner, Adam Silver, to make the appropriate sanctions, similar to the ones used by Major League Baseball against the late one-time owner of the Cincinnati Reds, Marge Schott, who routinely made insensitive racial and religious remarks

(4) Support the position that the L.A. branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) President, Leon Jenkins, and its board of directors should revoke its nomination of Sterling as a “Lifetime Achievement Award” recipient at its May 2014 annual gala

(5) request the L.A. Times and other local newspapers to cease running Sterling’s weekly publicity ads that display his commercial real estate empire and his alleged civic activities.

His office added, “The resolution is only in draft form, so there is no way to tell at this time what will be added or subtracted from it by the time it is introduced at Tuesday’s meeting.”

The NAACP, for example, has already announced they would not give Sterling the lifetime achievement award.

“Sterling’s actions are inconsistent with the United States human rights laws, the long-standing positions of the L.A. City Council, the diversity of the community, the fan base of the Clippers and the very high percentage of minorities who worked for and are working for the NBA,” Parks wrote. “Sterling’s actions and statements have no place in today’s society.”

Parks encourages Clippers fans to contact the team’s office to voice their displeasure over the comments.

Yesterday, regarding the comments attributed to Sterling, Garcetti said in a statement, “These statements are offensive and despicable and have no place in Los Angeles. I urge the NBA to act swiftly. L.A. fans deserve and demand better.”

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