California lawmakers blast Clippers’ owner

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Members of the state Legislature’s black caucus blasted the racially charged comments attributed to Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling after online sites posted a leaked audio recording over the weekend.

Democratic Assemblywoman Cheryl Brown of San Bernardino calls the incident a reminder of a “pervasive permanence of hatred.” Her comments came on the Assembly floor Monday as she supported a resolution declaring Holocaust Remembrance Week.

Democratic Assemblyman Isadore Hall of Compton says Sterling’s alleged conduct is an “utter embarrassment” to the NBA and to Californians who believed the state had risen above racism.

The NAACP Los Angeles chapter is pulling plans to honor Sterling with a lifetime achievement award. The NBA is expected to announce Tuesday what actions it might take against Sterling.

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