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Report: Owner Donald Sterling heckles Clippers

Posted on: December 13, 2010 9:44 am
Edited on: August 14, 2011 9:33 pm
 
Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling is reportedly heckling his own players, including point guard Baron Davis. Posted by Ben Golliver
donald-sterling Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling rarely wins in the court of public appeal, and today comes word of another guaranteed embarrassing loss for the NBA's most reviled owner. Sterling's sins run a mile long: allegations of racism in his private businesses, contract disputes with former coaches and executives, harsh treatment of players, erratic behavior ... the list is longer than DeAndre Jordan. Given that history, we can't call this Yahoo! Sports report a new low for Sterling, he's sunk further previously, but it's still really bad. Sterling is reportedly heckling his own players, zeroing in on point guard Baron Davis, whom Sterling evidently believes is "out of shape" and not living up to his hefty contract.
Sterling “started getting a lot more vocal during the second half of last season,” one team source said. “He never had done that before at games. Baron’s his pet project. He absolutely hates Baron. He wants to get his money back.”
Davis, of course, is at a loss for words and tries to tread carefully. After all, Sterling is his boss.
“There’s nothing I can say,” Davis said of Sterling’s taunts. “I have no comment on that. You just get to this point where it’s a fight every day. It’s a fight. You’re fighting unnecessary battles. I’m fighting unnecessary battles.
“It’s frustrating because I know and my teammates know I’m capable of getting it done, even dudes on the other team. It’s frustrating.”
There are a lot of privileges that go with NBA ownership: courtside seats, locker room visits, etc. But the best NBA owners are involved without overstepping, acting as a stabilizing force and letting trusted basketball people make trusted basketball decisions. Sterling isn't just overstepping here, he's stomping on all that is sacred about the sport. He's killing his players' confidence, he's undermining his coach's authority, he's making life more difficult for his front office if they are trying to move Davis, and he is, once again, giving his entire organization and all of its employees a bad name. The NBA should probably intervene, as Sterling's reported behavior makes the entire league look bad. If players are held to the strictest of standards on the court -- they can now be given a technical foul for gesturing in anger at a bad call -- it looks exceedingly hypocritical if other team employees, especially an owner, are not required to comport themselves with a basic level of decency and to treat colleagues with a basic degree of respect in public.  Here's hoping a little light on the situation scares Sterling into silence. We can agree that's not likely to happen.  
Comments

Since: Jul 22, 2007
Posted on: December 13, 2010 5:13 pm
 

Report: Owner Donald Sterling heckles Clippers

HOW is this guy still allowed to be an NBA owner?
The NBA is VERY powerful, they have lawyers and investogators they could have to investigate if any of the allegations from the past are true and if so they could force him to sell.
You can't tell me there isn't an individual or group of individuals the league would rather see as owners of this team and who would be willing to buy them.
I know Magic just sold his stake in the Lakers and I know he's involved with a group trying to bring an NFL team to L.A. but tell me that Stern wouldn't LOVE to have a beloved player in L.A. like Magic as owner of the Clips?
There are lots of celebrities who go to the Clippers games any one or a group of them could be minority owners and get this clown out of Staples Center and away from the team, he is nothing but a CANCER



Since: Mar 30, 2008
Posted on: December 13, 2010 4:58 pm
 

Report: Owner Donald Sterling heckles Clippers

Have you seen Baron Davis play the last two years some might say he deserves it.



Since: Dec 2, 2008
Posted on: December 13, 2010 4:56 pm
 

Report: Owner Donald Sterling heckles Clippers

While true that Sterling represents the worst sports ownership has to offer, he's right on with his comments about Baron Davis. Paid like a superstar. Acts like a spoiled child. Capable of greatness, settles for less than mediocrity. If I were the owner that shelled out all the cash for him to play well, only to turn on my organization literally minutes after inking a 5 year 60 million contract when Brand decides to sign with Philly. Perhaps it's appropriate that these two have each other. Davis in my view represents that absolute worst a pro athlete can be. Supremely talented but not really caring all that much. Just happy to have all the cash...



Since: Jun 5, 2009
Posted on: December 13, 2010 4:46 pm
 

Report: Owner Donald Sterling heckles Clippers

The guy sitting next to him in the Yankees cap with the "WTF" look on his face is priceless



Since: Feb 14, 2008
Posted on: December 13, 2010 4:26 pm
 

Report: Owner Donald Sterling heckles Clippers

If you own the team you can do anything you want




Since: Sep 25, 2007
Posted on: December 13, 2010 4:20 pm
 

Report: Owner Donald Sterling heckles Clippers

The NBA should do the tough love thing here and send the Clippers to Kansas City and show Mr. Sterling what a good thing he has in LA  even as a second banana.  Why would anyone want to play for the Clippers anyway?  If Mr. Sterling is unhappy with baron Davis, trade him, bench him or better yet release him.  Oh I forgot.  Donald Sterling is too tight to realize his mistakes and too conceited to fix them.  LA deserves better and so do the players.  It is a travesty when MArk Cuban looks like a choir boy compared to this egomaniac!!



Since: Aug 28, 2007
Posted on: December 13, 2010 4:14 pm
 

Report: Owner Donald Sterling heckles Clippers

The absolute worst owner in the NBA (if not all of sports) is heckling players? Talk about the pot calling the kettle black. He's got a longer history of stinking up the joint than his players. They should start heckling him back for his own performance over the years.


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