10:57 a.m.: The NAACP has wisely rescinded the award it was slated to give to Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling.
This wouldn't have been the first time the organization had honored Sterling, despite his checkered reputation and legal problems.
President Obama weighed in on the controversy all the way from Malaysia.
When ignorant folks want to advertise their ignorance, you don't really have to do anything, you just let them talk. That's what happened here."
He added that, despite the progress the country has made on race, "you're going to continue to see this percolate up every so often."
7:33 p.m.: Donald Sterling, in the ultimate of face-palm development, is apparently due to receive a lifetime achievement award (h/t Dashiell Bennett) from the NAACP next month.
4:36 p.m.: As the rest of the world weighs in on this controversy, a statement from National Basketball Players Association President Chris Paul was just released. Paul, it should be noted, also happens to play for Sterling as the Los Angeles Clippers star point guard.
“On behalf of the National Basketball Players Association, this is a very serious issue which we will address aggressively. We have asked Mayor Kevin Johnson to expand his responsibilities with the NBPA, to determine our response and our next steps. As players, we owe it to our teams and our fans to keep our focus on our game, the playoffs, and a drive to the Finals.”
Former NBA player and current Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson, who has remained active in the NBPA, called Sterling's reported comments "reprehensible and unacceptable."