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Clippers put an end to 'Clipper Darrell'?

Posted on: February 29, 2012 5:12 pm
Edited on: February 29, 2012 5:23 pm
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From now on, he's just Darrell. (Getty Images)
Posted by Royce Young

You probably have no idea who Darrell Bailey is. But Clipper Darrell? You know exactly who that is.

He's the most visible, most loyal, most supportive Los Angeles Clipper fan there is. He's been a fixture at home games for the last 15 seasons. Through all the bad, very bad, and super bad, Darrell has stuck with them staying positive and upbeat.

So wouldn't it be the most Clipper thing ever that when they finally get relevant and have a bunch of bandwagon fans jumping on board, that they'd pick on what of their most loyal and vocal fans?

Unfortunately, that's exactly what they've done. Clipper Darrell is losing his first name. Now, he'll just be "Darrell." Via Clipper Darrell's blog, in a post titled "I AM DEVASTATED!!!":
It is with great sadness that I must report to all those in NBA NATION that I have been told by Clipper management they no longer want me to be Clipper Darrell, a name that was given to me by the media because of my unwavering support and team spirit. I am devastated!!!!

I have been a season ticket holder for over a decade and a FAN for over 15 years and have dedicated a major part of my life to support the Clipper organization and it’s players no matter what the season’s outcome. Over the years (400 home games) I have gone to great lengths to show my appreciation and loyalty in my attire, the car I drive and in my very own home. I’ve taken seriously the mantra of being “Clipper Darrell” in performing community service, mentoring young children and my participation in outreach programs. I’ve appreciated the struggles of the team to overcome obstacles as I’ve done in my life.

I felt vindicated for all the years we as Clipper fans have gone through trials and tribulations and NOW we have a team that can win it all. Yesterday was the hardest day of my life, I felt powerless as a fan, as I was stripped of my identity however, no one can take away my heart and the love I have for my team!
So to recap, the Clippers have never had a problem with this over the last 15 years, but now that they're good and relevant, they do? Yep, all that talk about the Clippers organization moving forward from the past -- all crap. That free publicity Darrell gave and all that support in the past doesn't count, I guess.

From the organization's point of view, with the rise of the Clippers as a more visible franchise, Darrell is trying to capitalize on it too. He's selling Clipper Darrell merchandize such as wristbands and shirts. With the brand building, the Clippers weren't willing to just let Darrell keep on with it.

Media Bistro has some more details:
According to Bailey, the Clippers offered him an additional free season ticket if he dropped the Clipper nickname.

“That’s when everything went haywire and they said I was trying to make money off sponsorships,” Bailey added. “If people are going to pay me to do some things, why not do it? I don’t see any harm in it as long as I’m not hurting the brand itself. I’m going to high schools, charity events, I do it all. They told me at the end of the conversation that, ‘We would like you not to be Clipper Darrell anymore and would like you to go back to Darrell Bailey.’”

The backlash has been fierce already, with support piling in for Darrell. Blake Griffin tweeted, "Bring back #ClipperDarrell." DeAndre Jordan tweeted: "I love Clipper Darrell....#ClipperDarrell." Chris Paul tweeted at Darrell, "WE GOT YOU!!!"

Not entirely sure what CP3 and others can do other than make their voices heard, but it's not a good look for the Clippers. For an organization trying to move past the stereotypes of being incompetant and sad, they are taking two steps backward.
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Comments

Since: Sep 28, 2007
Posted on: March 2, 2012 8:26 am
 

Clippers put an end to 'Clipper Darrell'?

This is hardly surprising but if you're going to sell "Clipper Darrell" t-shirts, hats, etc...what do you expect?
There is undoubtedly a parasitic element to what he's doing; if you refer to yourself Clipper Darrell, no problem. Sell merchandise? Different story entirely. On top of that, the team DID offer him a free season ticket (a valuable item, last I checked) in exchange for curtailing what he was doing. But instead, apparently, he's "devastated." What BS.
And one other thing, lest we forget; should this scenario get to a court of law, the Clippers win.
Easily.
How 'bout going by the name Dancing Barry instead?
Who ever posted this qoute has been brain washed into thinking that Corporate America (LA Clippers in this example) is privaledge and can do any thing.

Why did not the Clippers organization take action 15 years ago? Why did not the Clippers refuse to sell him a season ticket 15 years ago? If the LA Clippers were so concern about their image.

I am sure the Media is presenting this in a manner to sell "papers" but the wa thi ssituation is appears to being handled is horrible!



Since: Sep 25, 2009
Posted on: March 1, 2012 11:18 pm
 

Clippers put an end to 'Clipper Darrell'?

Aren't these teams supposed to be economically beneficial to the cities that they play in? I think that's why local governments build them stadiums to play in and provide additional law enforcement patrols around the arenas during games. Let Clipper Darrell sell his t-shirts. It's not like the Clippers are going to bleed out because of him!
Sure, economically beneficial...dump $500 million in taxpayer money to build them a stadium, then the people around there can continue to pay more money for tickets and other items. Seems to be it depends on what you define as a "city." If by city you mean "the sports team and its owners" then you would be right. They have no interest in actually creating jobs or benefiting the city itself in any way.

Which is why it's so dumb that our political system is so broken that politicians can continue to piss away taxpayer money on frivolous crap while running up huge deficits on high taxes. Then they turn around and blame social support like medicare, SS (which we all pay into, so it should have been funded if the politicians didn't raid it) and welfare for the deficits. It's too bad we can't take get a full public audit of all expenses made, and then execute politicians for treason wherever the funds are clearly improperly used or for corporate favors/welfare. I'd much rather $500 million goes to feeding families and preventing them from being homeless than to line the pocket of some billionaire, ugh.



Since: Sep 25, 2009
Posted on: March 1, 2012 11:13 pm
 

Clippers put an end to 'Clipper Darrell'?

This is hardly surprising but if you're going to sell "Clipper Darrell" t-shirts, hats, etc...what do you expect?
There is undoubtedly a parasitic element to what he's doing; if you refer to yourself Clipper Darrell, no problem. Sell merchandise? Different story entirely. On top of that, the team DID offer him a free season ticket (a valuable item, last I checked) in exchange for curtailing what he was doing. But instead, apparently, he's "devastated." What BS.
And one other thing, lest we forget; should this scenario get to a court of law, the Clippers win.
Easily.
How 'bout going by the name Dancing Barry instead?
Not necessarily, and certainly not "easily." The Clippers are probably forced to take it to court due to the way our IP laws are set up, but Clipper Darrell has more than enough legal ground to oppose it.

I had no clue who this guy was, nobody outside of LA did. The Clippers decided to make it a bigger issue and now it will probably blow up in their faces.



Since: Sep 5, 2011
Posted on: March 1, 2012 6:46 pm
 

Clippers put an end to 'Clipper Darrell'?

The Clippers are mad because they dont get a cut of his earnings he makes, pretty sad what they are doing.



Since: Jul 22, 2008
Posted on: March 1, 2012 4:18 pm
 

Clippers put an end to 'Clipper Darrell'?

Maybe he should open a barbershop and call it "Clipper Darrell's". Then he could sell all the t-shirts and merch that he wants. If this is the wat their front office does things they will be irrelevant again real soon.



Since: Mar 1, 2012
Posted on: March 1, 2012 1:07 pm
 

Clippers put an end to 'Clipper Darrell'?

This is about the #NBA making money..all about money. Its amazing how brand protection and such gets involved once a team wins a few games or is atop the standings. Also amazing that guy who supports his teams, wears the colors (as opposed to the colors of gangs) and is there day in day out now faces the NBA corporate thugs. You would think that the NBA, who if you recall did not want to have a season a couple of months ago, would worry more about some of their thugs (yes said thugs, and I don't hide behind a "cute" screen name) who have beat their girl friends (we seem to do that very well here in Arizona), cheated on their wives/girl friends (perhaps acceptable in LALA Land) publically and seemed to have abondoned the game of basketball of the days of (Johnson, Byrd, West and more). Yeah maybe I am an old fart, but it hasn't been a lot of fun as of late to watch the rest of the NBA. I still like my Suns, and ownsership here did get rid of the garabge.. stil this "fan" is bothersome. Fans spend millions of dollars to show their pride of the their team, the NBA makes millions of this licensing. Then to be told they can no longer be the fan they want to be? Over reaching.. and aside from all of that.. there is no way the fan's presence makes the NBA or the Clippers look bad, they do that ALL on their own...on a fairly regular basis.
 



Since: Feb 5, 2008
Posted on: March 1, 2012 11:29 am
 

Clippers put an end to 'Clipper Darrell'?

Before making such stupid comments about the Clippers you should get your facts straight. CP3 has already said he is going to play his option year next year with the Clippers instead of becoming a free agent. He even stated he would like to sign an extension with the team. They are a young team who are built for the future and if they keep the nucleaus intact could make a run like the Lakers did a few seasons ago. 



Since: Oct 22, 2008
Posted on: March 1, 2012 11:25 am
 

Clippers put an end to 'Clipper Darrell'?

You must work for the orginazition. This is their rational. Don't you get it. They owe a loyal fan such as this, at least, the ability to recoup that "Season ticket" money when they were irrelevant and he was branding for them. Dissappointed in this comment.



Since: Oct 25, 2009
Posted on: March 1, 2012 10:44 am
 

Clippers put an end to 'Clipper Darrell'?

They Clippers are not relavant so whats the problem.  That organization has already let good and great players go though its team so dont be surprise when its all over there with cp3 and griffin.  They will eventually leave like all the others and then they will be back to being a bottom teir team like the past 2 decades.+




Since: Oct 3, 2006
Posted on: March 1, 2012 10:31 am
 

Clippers put an end to 'Clipper Darrell'?

It wasn't a problem when the Clips were irrelevant, which on most worlds, they still are.


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