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Clipper Darrell staging sleep-in lockout protest

Posted on: August 30, 2011 9:02 am
By Matt Moore

You know Clipper Darrell, right? He's the guy with the crazy Clipper suit, the one with the Clipper car, the one who's a staple at Staples and not for the taco-chanting Lakers fans. He's an icon in the texture of the league's fans. And he's pretty upset with the lockout. So upset, in fact, that he's staging a lockout sleep-in... at Staples. From Larry Brown Sports:
Clipper Darrell first mentioned the sleepover protest on his twitter account August 16th. “I WANT BASKETBALL BACK!! The LA Clippers finally get a superstar & now it’s an NBA lockout. I WILL SLEEP @STAPLES starting OCT.1 ..are u in?” Clipper Darrell wrote. He’s been running a countdown to the sleepover, mentioning it every few days. He’s even trying to recruit other people to join him “All NBA fans arena & restaurant employees camera people & anybody else this affects on Oct 1 protest lockout sleep over Staples Center.”
via Clipper Fan Darrell Will Sleep Outside Staples Center in Protest of NBA Lockout | Larry Brown Sports.

And yes, Darrell's still serious about this.  

Now, Staples is still holding events like concerts and what not, and they're probably not going to be fond of Darrell and whoever else tags along sleeping outside the building. Plus, sleeping out in the cold when what passes for fall or winter in L.A. rolls around isn't going to be a picnic. Darrell said he was boycotting the Clippers last year, which last for about two hours before he returned quickly. But it's nice to see a fan so dedicated to trying to get the game back. Not like there's anything else the fans can do to move the two sides to compromise.

And hey, nothing can be worse than following a team run by Donald Sterling, right?  

Since: Aug 4, 2008
Posted on: August 30, 2011 5:49 pm

Clipper Darrell staging sleep-in lockout protest

Clipper Darrell should protest the lockout as a fan, but the other way. Fans around the NBA should select games during the season in which they refuse to show up for games. Like the third or fifth game of the season and boycott that game.

The only people that are missing from the negotiations in this and any other professional sport is the fan. Yet without the fans there would be no professional sports.

The fans should stop buying sports gear, attending games and the fan would be the real winner. Let the league lose money during the season and this stoppage would cease to be where the players and owners would decide on their own to stop playing and the league would have a lock out.

Fans hold the power, but for some reason refuse to exercise this power.


Since: Nov 23, 2007
Posted on: August 30, 2011 1:34 pm

Clipper Darrell staging sleep-in lockout protest

I feel the same way, and I'm sure he means well, but does Clipper Darrell understand that people have jobs?  My boss would fire me as soon as the word 'Clippers' and 'protest' came out of my mouth.  At least he is a real fan though, and not a band wagoner for the other 'LA' team.

Since: Oct 11, 2008
Posted on: August 30, 2011 10:28 am

Clipper Darrell staging sleep-in lockout protest

What exactly does he hope to accomplish by sleeping outside the building.  Iv'e got news for you Darrell the only people sharing your pillow will be the 100 plus homeless that sleep outside staples evey night.  Have fun. 

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