The irony takes your breath away. Los Angeles Clipper's owner Donald Sterling was about to receive a lifetime achievement award from the Los Angeles chapter of the NAACP when TMZ released the now infamous recording, allegedly between Sterling and former girlfriend V. Stiviano, in which Sterling makes numerous racist remarks. But this isn't the first time he's faced questions relating to race. As a landlord he settled four discrimination lawsuits. He was also sued by a former Clippers manager on charges of discrimination. What's in the NBA's playbook for dealing with Sterling. Jeff Benedict is special features writer for Sports Illustrated.