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Former NBA player and current mayor of Sacramento Kevin Johnson has be lauded with praise for his role in helping to bring down L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling. What most people don’t know, and what Deadspin pointed out, is that Johnson has his own history of corruption.
Johnson was brought in by the NBA players union to help manage the Sterling affair after the Clippers owner was recorded making racially inflammatory comments. In the end, Sterling was banned from the NBA, although recent accounts indicate that he’s planning to challenge that decision. Since then, Johnson has been applauded for his role in managing the fiasco, but Johnson has own sordid past as well.
Johnson’s wife is Michelle Rhee is the former D.C. chancellor whose controversial school reforms caused then mayor Adrian Fenty to lose his job. Johnson and Rhee have been very much involved in education, but just as Rhee’s career has been tarnished by controversy, Johnson’s adventure in education reform has not always benefited kids, says New York attorney Gerald Walpin, former inspector general for the Corporation for National Community Service:
On that job, Walpin investigated St. HOPE Academy, a group Johnson founded to run charter schools in his hometown of Sacramento that got lots of AmeriCorps money. In 2008, Walpin issued a referral to the local U.S. Attorney for the “criminal and civil prosecution” of Johnson for “obtaining by law federal funds under a grant,” and the “filing of false and fraudulent claims” in connection with subsidies totaling $845,018.75.
There were also sεxual misconduct charges against Johnson:
According to the reports, while investigators were in Sacramento looking into the misuse of funds, they “became aware of allegations of inappropriate contact between Johnson and three female St. HOPE students.” Walpin’s office later “uncovered evidence of two other female St. HOPE students reporting Johnson for inappropriate sεxual conduct towards them.”
Another girl who Johnson allegedly met in 1997 while filming a public safety commercial claimed he mοlested her. A Phoenix New Times story claims Johnson called the girl every day and showered her with gifts “including bookstore gift certificates, a flute, a Swiss Army knife with his jersey number, ‘7,’ engraved on it … [and] introduced her to great works of literature, including 100 Years of Solitude and I, Claudius.”
Given Johnson’s alleged history, some are wondering whether a man with such a past should’ve been brought in to manage damage control stemming from another man’s repulsive behavior.