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Donald Sterling Canceled Plans To Give Out Toys In Watts Projects For Security Reasons

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Donald Sterling (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
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Donald Sterling pulled out of plans to show up to a Watts Housing Project and give out toys in a naked bid to prove he's not racist for charity.The ex-Clippers owner was scheduled to show up to the 9th annual Chrismukkah Soirée "Party in the Projects" on Saturday in a secret appearance. Sterling reached out to Youth Mentoring Kids to show up with a sleigh full of goodies, and the group agreed. But then TMZ found out about it, and the plan wasn't so secret any more.

A rep for Sterling said they pulled out of the event because his security team feared for his safety while racial tensions are running high across the country. (Way to shift the blame to the neighborhood you're trying to help out!) Local city councilman Joe Buscaino told Sterling to stay away, too, unless he planned to give away much more than toys. Sterling did give away toys this weekend but in Beverly Hills on Friday night.

Sterling has a long history of trying to curry favor with the black community to rehab his image as a racist slumlord. Sterling was poised to received an award from the local chapter of the NAACP when the tape of him telling his mistress or whatever not to take black people to a basketball game went viral.