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Donald Sterling

NAACP L.A. Prez 'Pressured' to Resign ...

After Sterling Blunder

5/1/2014 7:15 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0501-donald-sterling-naacp-leon-jenkins-getty-01Donald Sterling's almost-lifetime achievement award from the NAACP just forced the president of the group's L.A. chapter to quit -- and TMZ Sports has learned he basically got outta Dodge before he was kicked out.

Leon Jenkins quit his post Thursday evening ... 6 days after we first posted Sterling's racist rant -- putting Jenkins in the embarrassing position of explaining -- to the public and NAACP members -- why the group was weeks away from handing Sterling a SECOND lifetime achievement award.

Jenkins said he was quitting in order to separate the org from the "negative exposure I have caused the NAACP." But one NAACP source put it differently, telling us ... "He knew we were coming for him and we were gonna get him out of there, so he resigned."

Truth is ... even if we hadn't posted the recording -- Sterling was a ridiculous choice. He'd already faced THREE messy and public discrimination lawsuits -- two from the Feds, and one from ex-Clippers GM Elgin Baylor. For more sports stories, check out tmzsports.com!
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Ferndog68    

When in doubt Follow where the money goes

85 days ago
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EMB    

His name threw me for a loop, I started thinking about LEROYYYYYYYYYYYY JENKINSSSSSSSSSS. Then someone running off with all the look in World Of Warcraft.

85 days ago
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d    

Dumb *****

85 days ago
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Sin D    

Well, I think we would all say, he is going to be blacked out.

85 days ago
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Joshua    

LOL!!!!!

85 days ago
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d    

Him and obama should get together and give away some more free ****..hell he might be r next president

85 days ago
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Keyser Söze    

Every man has his price, and it's pretty clear Sterling knew Jenkins's.

85 days ago
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Truth    

OH SHUT THE FARK UP NAACP. You didn't have a problem cashing this guy's checks before last week. You are a hack organization and you deserve the ridicule you get.

85 days ago
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Marcus    

Leon Jenkins used to be a judge in Detroit. He lost his job in the 80's due to being indicted on charges of bribery, conspiracy, mail fraud and racketeering. The man is s***.

85 days ago
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minnie35    

Thank you TMZ for exposing this POS racist ugly old sagging skin loser. Now can we move on to real and interesting news please?

Makes me vomit every time I see his face or even hear his name on the news.

Loser's 15 minutes of fame are over. Let him crawl back underneath the rock where he came from. Nobody cares.

85 days ago
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TRENDY    

I wonder how much the NAACP received for this award.

85 days ago
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JermaineJacksonsHairline    

He should have been forced out for still having a curl.

85 days ago
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ASH    

its illegal to be racist?
it's also illegal to record phone calls
unless you tell that person!

85 days ago
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Edddie Nash    

TMZ has turned into BET or TVONE or Centric. The brothas are dominating the headlines. I haven't seen anything like this since Soul Train in its prime.

85 days ago
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Double Bubble    

it's not like no one knew what Leon Jenkins was about BEFORE he became president of the LA chapter.. The guy was banned from practicing law, charged with extortion and racketeering, taking bribes of guns, money jewelry etc, and removed as a judge.. Yeah, quite the stellar role model for the NAACP.. Sure looks like the NAACP is really worried about their reputation etc.. What a joke they are

85 days ago
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