Leave it to the Clippers to taint a rare winning season with some bad press lately… Just last week the Clippers organization took some criticism for asking long time super fan Darrell Bailey, aka “Clipper Darrell” to refrain from independently representing the franchise’s name and colors.
It’s been previously noted that Clippers owner Donald Sterling used to heckle one of his players, but we were unaware it was to this extent. During an interview with NY Post reporter Steve Serbey, former Clippers point guard Baron Davis alleges that Sterling called him an ‘idiot’ from the sidelines. When asked what the lowest point of his NBA career has been Davis, now playing for the Knicks, had this to say:
And the other lowest point is when I played for the Clippers. … I just stopped liking basketball. And then you dribbling down the court and having the owner like cuss at you and call you an idiot. I didn’t even look forward to coming to the games, and if the owner [Donald Sterling] came to the game, I definitely was not gonna have a good game because it was just like, how do you play when the main heckler in the gym is the owner of the team, and he’s telling you how much he hates you and calling out your name?
The Clippers are currently atop the Pacific division and in the third seed in the West. Hopefully the negative PR hit the Clippers have sustained lately won’t affect their play on the court. Actions such as these from Sterling makes it evident why the Clippers were for so long the laughing stock of the NBA.
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