“There is a personal, economic and social price that Mr. Sterling must pay for his attempt to turn back the clock on race relations,” he said.
Later, Jenkins would trample over his earlier denouncement of Sterling by saying he didn’t believe the words heard on the recording truly reflect Sterling’s heart.
“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 told ABC News.
Jenkins also noted that while the L.A. chapter of the NAACP was “devastated” by the comments, it would still be willing to work with Sterling.
“We are negotiating with him about giving more monies to African American students at UCLA, and so we are in preliminary discussions,” Jenkins said. Although he would later say that he had not spoken with Sterling since the recordings were leaked.
In addition, sponsors have been leaping off the public-relations “Titanic” known as the Clippers, with the Huffington Post reporting that Carmax, Virgin America, Mercedes-Benz and Chumash Casino Resort have all terminated their relationship with the organization. A host of others, including Corona, State Farm, Kia, AQUAhydrate, Red Bull, Sprint and Lumber Liquidators, are suspending their support of the team. State Farm will, however, continue its relationship with Clippers point guard Chris Paul, Huffington Post reported.
The Miami Heat joined in the warm-up silent solidarity protest during their Monday night NBA playoff game against the Charlotte Bobcats. Just as the Clippers did during a playoff game Sunday, Heat players huddled at center court and threw their white shooting T-shirts to the floor. They wore their red Heat warm-up jerseys inside out, hiding the team’s logo during their pregame routine, the Associated Press reported.
R&B singer Tank, who was scheduled to sing the national anthem at Tuesday’s Clippers game, has also taken up the protest, telling TMZ that he cannot be associated with an owner who makes minorities feel unwelcome.
“As an African-American man and artist, I must take a stand on a matter that is so deeply personal to me,” Tank told the gossip site.
“In light of the recent disturbing and offensive allegations, in good conscience, I cannot move forward with my scheduled appearance at Tuesday’s Los Angeles Clippers game.”