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NAACP On Sterling: Local Chapters Need 'Better Vetting Process' For Awards

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"At the national office, we can't speak to the intentions of those in the LA Branch who selected Mr. Sterling as an award winner in 2009 or recently, but clearly there needs to be more scrutiny of potential recipients and a better vetting process," Derek Turner, the NAACP's director of communications, told TPM in an email. "We are in the process of developing specific guidelines for selecting recipients moving forward."

The NAACP's Los Angeles branch has elected not to give Sterling the award after audio became public of the owner asking a girlfriend not to bring black people to the team's games.