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Clippers statement regarding 'Clipper Darrell'

Posted on: February 29, 2012 6:53 pm
Edited on: March 1, 2012 9:47 am
Posted by Royce Young

Clipper Darrell is no more, but the Clippers say he never was. (Getty Images)

The franchise's most famous fan, Clipper Darrell, put up a post on his website Wednesday titled "I AM DEVASTATED!!!" detailing that the Los Angeles Clippers are having him remove the word "Clipper" from his superfan moniker.

It sparked some serious backlash in just a few short hours with Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan all tweeting support for Clipper Darrell, while the L.A. superfan actually trended on Twitter for about an hour. The Clippers, an organization that doesn't have a sparkling public image, released a statement regarding the issue.

Via the O.C. Register, here's the statement in full:
“The Clippers have done absolutely nothing wrong or inappropriate as it concerns Darrell Bailey. His claims are absurd and unfounded. He has never been an employee or representative of the Clippers organization, and therefore cannot be terminated. The Clippers have never engaged Mr. Bailey’s services. When he has been in need, the organization has regularly provided him a seat for games. No good deed goes unpunished.

"We have had multiple conversations with him concerning his inappropriate use of the Clippers’ team name and trademark for his own unmonitored commercial gain. We have spoken to him repeatedly about his desire to make public appearances in ways which improperly suggest that he is officially affiliated with our organization. In all cases and over a long period of time, he has consistently rejected our efforts to operate in consultation.

"In a conversation with an authoritative and tenured Clippers’ executive last week, he was asked again to either consult with the team on all public appearances and/or commercial ventures, or stop undertaking those opportunities representing himself inappropriately. His response was an offer to stop representing himself commercially in that way and his offer was accepted in principle.

"The next thing we heard was the baseless claims he has made today and the ensuing media rush to judgment.

"We hold all of our fans in the highest esteem and we have been patient and generous with Mr. Bailey. He has not returned our support in an honorable way. He is not actually a fan of the Clippers, but a fan of what he can make off of the Clippers.  We are no longer interested in that kind of association with him, and that is why we accepted his offer to remove our team name from his stage name.”

Wow. So not only did they deny the accuracy of Darrell's story, they burned Clipper Darrell to the ground. "He is not actually a fan of the Clippers, but a fan of what he can make off of the Clippers." That's... wow. 

There likely has been a rush to judgment and I'm sure we all don't know the extent of the relationship and all the details involved. But that's the point of PR. To make sure the message is clear and the story is handled well. Even if the Clippers have a point, you can't deny that this is a bad look. And that release certainly isn't going to help things. They basically assassinated the fanhood of their most famous fan.

Obviously this wouldn't be a big deal as the organization certainly has a point about Clipper Darrell's portrayal as a team employee, but the timing is awful. Right when the Clippers have risen to a popular, successful team following a blockbuster trade, they alienate their most vocal and visible fan.

But then again, should we really be all that surprised?


Since: Feb 1, 2012
Posted on: March 1, 2012 2:37 pm

Clippers statement regarding 'Clipper Darrell'

But when they say " when he has be in need " they gave him seats ? When the Clippers were in need the NBA gave them Paul and they still can't win ! Karma !

Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: March 1, 2012 1:25 pm

Clippers statement regarding 'Clipper Darrell'

Dear Clipper Darrell, Thank you for the many years of free advertising as the unofficial super fan of the Clippers.  When we sucked, you were one of the attractions and helped create a fun environment that somehow was able to attract people to Staples Center.  Now that we have Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and are in first place, we no longer suck and no longer need your services to create fan support and buzz.  You are not an employee of the Clippers so please refrain from using our name and logo in your identity.

We hope you understand the business decision and look forward to you continued support of the Clippers, but get lost.

Donald Sterling and Los Angeles Clippers management.

Since: Sep 29, 2010
Posted on: March 1, 2012 10:16 am

Clippers statement regarding 'Clipper Darrell'

This proves that the Clippers have no clue whats going on as far as relating to their fans. Doesnt this man have the right to call himself whatever he wants to? Granted he cant make money in personal appearances off of the team without consulting them, but if anything he was good for the teams visibility. What a joke the Clippers organization is and Donald Sterling. Theres no way Blake Griffin will spend his career there.

Since: Aug 23, 2007
Posted on: March 1, 2012 10:10 am

Clippers statement regarding 'Clipper Darrell'

Goes to show you that despite the improvements the Clippers have made on the court, they are still a low leve, grade "D" organazation behind the scenes. And you should see the hilarious (Cheesy) ads that Sterling runs in the Los Angeles Times every week about his "Charity Organization". He so cheap that he doesn't even want to spend money on professional looking ads in Los Angeles!

Everything Sterling does is assinine and throwing Clipper Darrell under the bus they way they did is just a precursor to any Clipper fans out there that this good feeling they have right now won't be lasting for long.

Sterling is not going to pony up the money to keep Paul or Griffin. Why do you think that Paul didn't sign an extension with the Clippers?? Think Clipper fans....Griffin and Paul's contracts are both up at the end of next year!

Sterling is living proof that just because you've got some money, doesn't mean you have any class. Why should ANYONE be a Clipper fan when they treated their most loyal fan in this fashion?

Since: Jan 17, 2007
Posted on: March 1, 2012 9:46 am

Clippers statement regarding 'Clipper Darrell'

Wow - considering the owner of the team might be the most revolting multi-millionaire around, the way that they attack this fan is ridiculous. 

Just wait until Chris Paul and Blake Griffin's contracts are up - they will have to pony up some more cash or go back to the disgusting team that they were.....

How soon we forget....They should be glad that anybody wanted to be associated with their team for all of these years.

Since: Nov 25, 2006
Posted on: March 1, 2012 9:13 am

Clippers statement regarding 'Clipper Darrell'

Have the Clippers really forgotten how irrelevant they have been forever? Now this year the Clippers are good and they are letting it go the their head. Think about what the organization is saying, they say that Darrell was using the Clipper brand for attention and financial gain. Really? He has been a season ticket holder for 7 or 8 years and the Clippers have sucked. If he was doing it solely for financial gain, why not pick the winners and higher profile Lakers? It's no wonder the Clippers have sucked all these years. By the way, it is still a free country and he can still be called Clipper Darrell and wear the colors of the team all he wants. He may have to stop wearing actual hats are clothing with the Clipper logo on it, but I would throw this back in their face.

Since: Oct 9, 2009
Posted on: March 1, 2012 8:38 am

Clippers statement regarding 'Clipper Darrell'

I find these "Superfan's" annoying.  Look at me, look at me, look at me.  Narcissistic behavior.  Sit down and let me watch the game. 
Oh, wait a minute...I thought you were referring to the players...This is what the NBA has become. At least the Clips dont have to pay the guy millions to perform.

Since: Apr 12, 2009
Posted on: March 1, 2012 8:34 am

Clippers statement regarding 'Clipper Darrell'

At least they show their dedication to their team, which is more than what you could probably say.

Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: March 1, 2012 8:12 am

Clippers statement regarding 'Clipper Darrell'

This reminds me of the fat slobs in dog masks trying to strongarm the Browns a few years ago, except, the Browns pretended like they cared, humored the fans, and the whole thing went away. You never hear about stuff like this from winning franchises.

Since: Oct 11, 2006
Posted on: March 1, 2012 2:01 am

Clippers statement regarding 'Clipper Darrell'

The PR response had such a personal tone that I wouldn't be shocked if Donald Sterling wrote it, after being the one to call for head of Clipper Darryl. The funny thing about this is that there are hundreds of superfans out there, but the reason this guy was actually getting some kind of profit off his Clipper fanatacism was that he is more entertaining and likable than the miserable franchise he supports. This is the invisible foam hand: only in a traditionally terrible sports market (Clipperland), would market forces coalesce around this guy being a pseudo-celebrity. Incredibly un-classy response by the Clippers. Fire Sterling.

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