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Los Angeles Clippers vs. Clipper Darrell


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Apparently, the most loyal fan the Clippers have ever had, Darrell Bailey (aka "Clipper Darrell"), is being told to drop the Clippers name from his meme or else face possible legal actions from Clippers management.

Unbelievable; an 11-year season ticket holder, who wears a red-blue suit to games, decked out his BMW with Clippers colors and painted his own home red and blue, is about to get screwed by the same team who, despite having Olowakandi, coach Mike Dumbleavy and the Shawn Livingston pretzel injury, he worships everyday. More proof that Donald Sterling is the worst owner in the world of sports. He's basically Frank McCourt beachwood aged for another 30 years.

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The same Clipper Darrell who has received free tickets from the team since the 2000-01 season and got to ride on the team plane in the '06 playoffs... the same one whose website is full of infringements of the Clippers' copyrights... the same one who went on the radio recently and insinuated that the team tampered with Dwight Howard... yeah, the Clippers are really screwing him over by asking him to tone it down. :rolleyes:

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That joke would be 100X funnier if you had just made it 5 minutes sooner.

.... If the guy is going to say :censored: about the team after they have already given him so much in the last 10 years, he deserves it. He's just another selfish person who isn't a real fan, but now just a wannabe celebrity.

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The Clippers don't owe Clipper Darrell a damned thing. My understanding is that he's been profiting from unlicensed use of the Clippers' name, logos, and brand for YEARS. The Clips offered to let him use it as an official employee, and he rebuffed. He's lucky he got away with it for as long as he did. And he's luckier that he hasn't got a lawsuit on his hands.

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Doesn't he just pretty much need to change the "official" (website, etc.) name to something like "Other Team" Darrell, "Red and Blue" Darrell, and continue to act as he does? The loss of "Clipper" may not impact him that much.

I don't care one way or the other, but I disagree with the Clips' statement that he's not a fan...he may be trying to capitalize on all this, but I am sure he's always been a fan.

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The only thing the Clippers should held at fault for was their public response to Darrell...it's just another episode of a long line of Clipper PR blunders, just like when they fired Mike Dunleavy and Elgin Baylor before that--petty, vindictive, and cutthroat. It was better not to even say anything at all.

That said, I actually agree with the organization on this stance, and they have every right to call him out on that. I kinda feel sorry for him, but in some ways, if he goes away, it won't bother me in the least. There's pretty much a consensus among Clipper fans about Darrell--some like him, many can't stand the guy.

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After hearing that he's capitalizing on the Clippers name without proper permission, even after they offered him a position with the team that he turned down, I definitely agree with the team. But it's a pretty bad coincidence that they started having this problem just as they finally gain some relevance. The timing of this whole thing just makes the Clippers look even more Mickey Mouse than they already do IMO, regardless of justification.

Again, I agree with the team, but what awful timing.

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Let's be real now. Even if they waited until the offseason, Clipper Darrell STILL would have blown it up on Twitter, and the media STILL would have worked the same "Clippers are evil scumbags who don't care about their fans" angle. There was no good timing from a public-relations standpoint. As for a legal standpoint, this is perfectly fine timing, as they'd rather not have him selling bootleg playoff merchandise.

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After hearing that he's capitalizing on the Clippers name without proper permission, even after they offered him a position with the team that he turned down, I definitely agree with the team. But it's a pretty bad coincidence that they started having this problem just as they finally gain some relevance. The timing of this whole thing just makes the Clippers look even more Mickey Mouse than they already do IMO, regardless of justification.

Again, I agree with the team, but what awful timing.

It's definitely a "It's not personal, it's business" move...but I agree that it's really shady timing.

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And by the way, for the Laker homer who started this thread:

?In March 1983, he says, during a fourth-quarter timeout in a game matching the Lakers and the Dallas Mavericks, Dancing Barry made his Forum debut.

?It was so intimidating, how quiet it was,? he says. ?I was like a whirling dervish, dancing around for about 30 seconds. The place went crazy. The Lakers came out of the timeout, ripped off eight points in a row and won going away.?

For the next seven full seasons, into the early ?90s, Dancing Barry was a Forum fixture in his white tuxedo, his brief but electrifying performances adding an air of spontaneity and revelry to the party atmosphere that was a Showtime staple. At first, he says, the Lakers paid him $35 a game, same as what they were paying the Laker Girls. Later, when the Clippers said they?d pay him $200 to dance exclusively for them, the Lakers reluctantly matched the offer, he says, ?but every year after that they refused to give me even a single penny more.?

In 1991, Dancing Barry decided it was time to waltz away.

?They never even said, ?Thank you, Barry, goodbye,? " he says. ?Never said a thing. I just stopped going and that was it. They never even cared.?

http://articles.latimes.com/2007/jan/08/sports/sp-crowe8

Whelp, looks like the Lakers are scumbags who screw over their loyal fans, too.

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The Clippers are entirely within their rights to do it and if this was any other team I would be on their side 100%.

But because its Donald Sterling, I gotta side with Clipper Darrell in this one.

I'm sure the Clippers actions are entirely warranted in their actions and as I said earlier they have every right to do it. Its just that if someone were to steal $100 million Donald Sterling for no reason other then just flat out extortion I would still say Donald Sterling is somehow in the wrong on this issue, because that's how much of a racist ahole I think he is.

They way I look at it what Clipper Darrell is doing by illegally using logos and other promotions for his own personal gain is wrong, but because it hurts Donald Sterling all is forgiven in my book.

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And by the way, for the Laker homer who started this thread:

?In March 1983, he says, during a fourth-quarter timeout in a game matching the Lakers and the Dallas Mavericks, Dancing Barry made his Forum debut.

?It was so intimidating, how quiet it was,? he says. ?I was like a whirling dervish, dancing around for about 30 seconds. The place went crazy. The Lakers came out of the timeout, ripped off eight points in a row and won going away.?

For the next seven full seasons, into the early ?90s, Dancing Barry was a Forum fixture in his white tuxedo, his brief but electrifying performances adding an air of spontaneity and revelry to the party atmosphere that was a Showtime staple. At first, he says, the Lakers paid him $35 a game, same as what they were paying the Laker Girls. Later, when the Clippers said they?d pay him $200 to dance exclusively for them, the Lakers reluctantly matched the offer, he says, ?but every year after that they refused to give me even a single penny more.?

In 1991, Dancing Barry decided it was time to waltz away.

?They never even said, ?Thank you, Barry, goodbye,? " he says. ?Never said a thing. I just stopped going and that was it. They never even cared.?

http://articles.latimes.com/2007/jan/08/sports/sp-crowe8

Whelp, looks like the Lakers are scumbags who screw over their loyal fans, too.

The guy got paid pretty well for six or seven years, then quit. How did the Lakers screw him over again?

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What a well thought out argument.

"Sure, he's being stolen from, but I don't like his face. So screw him."

I'm sure that will hold up in court.

I don't expect it to. That's just how I feel.

And its not because I don't like his face. Its because he's a racist ahole.

Was even convicted in court of practicing racist policies for the way he handled his Korean and Black tenants.

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I'm not saying Sterling's a good man. He may very well be a scumbag. He does, however, own the rights to the Clippers' name and logo. And the team he owns offered this Darrell fellow a position within the team. So not only does the team have the upper hand legally they seem to have the upper hand morally too. They tried the conciliatory route first.

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The guy got paid pretty well for six or seven years, then quit. How did the Lakers screw him over again?

They paid him pocket change, reluctantly gave him a raise only when the Clippers offered him more money, then basically treated him like crap compared to the special treatment Clipper Darrell gets for the remainder, from the sound of things.

I'm not saying Sterling's a good man. He may very well be a scumbag.

He is a scumbag. However, that doesn't mean that he doesn't have the right to protect himself legally if he's being wronged.

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