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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
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.

Since: Oct 5, 2007
Posted on: March 1, 2012 10:29 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.
How 'bout going by the name Dancing Barry instead?

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

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!

Since: Nov 30, 2007
Posted on: March 1, 2012 10:12 am

Clippers put an end to 'Clipper Darrell'?

It stinks, but it's the world we live in.  Any business using any type of trademark is pretty much forced to protect it.  If you own a company and somebody else starts using your name or logo, and you don't go after them legally, you can actually end up losing the right to defend it altogether, and that other person could eventually get the rights to it himself.  Now, I'm not saying that Clipper Darrell has anything like that in mind, but it is conceivable that some shyster could someday make real trouble for the Clippers if the team did nothing about this.  Such a person probably wouldn't win in court in the long run, but he could do it hoping to settle out of court for a fast buck.

The Clippers only other alternative would have been to offer him a position within the organization and officially sanction his activities.  Only a guess, but I'll bet that suggestion never got much consideration in the board room.

It just really sucks that it had to happen to an extremely loyal guy like Darrell.

Since: Oct 12, 2011
Posted on: March 1, 2012 10:04 am

Clippers put an end to 'Clipper Darrell'?

Why don't the Clippers just put him on the payroll and they way they can have some control?  The NBA and the Clippers pay millions to average players who contribute a lot less then "Clipper" Darrell does.

Since: Mar 1, 2012
Posted on: March 1, 2012 10:03 am

Clippers put an end to 'Clipper Darrell'?

Unfortunately, this doesn't suprise me re:  the Clippers organization.  Pushing aside a dedicated, long-standing fan is indicative of the selfish, self-serving manner in which many organizations operate. 

Stand tall and proud Clipper Darrell - you're a better man than those folks who made this decision. 

Since: Mar 1, 2012
Posted on: March 1, 2012 10:02 am

Clippers put an end to 'Clipper Darrell'?

I love that idea!! Legally change your name to Clipper Darrell and stick it to them!!

Since: Mar 1, 2012
Posted on: March 1, 2012 10:02 am

Clippers put an end to 'Clipper Darrell'?

Did the Clipper's front office hire one of the Republican candidates for President?

Since: Feb 17, 2011
Posted on: March 1, 2012 9:58 am

Clippers put an end to 'Clipper Darrell'?

Excellent idea! I, for one, would be willing to contribute to the cost of having your name changed. I understand it's not cheap.

Since: Feb 8, 2011
Posted on: March 1, 2012 9:38 am

Clippers put an end to 'Clipper Darrell'?

Just change your name to metta world clipper, you'll be good to go.

Since: Apr 12, 2009
Posted on: March 1, 2012 8:31 am

Clippers put an end to 'Clipper Darrell'?

For a person that has given himself for the better of 15+ years to a carppy organization that just got relevant this year, I'd say he earned his nickname and title. Have you been to as many home games as this guy? Probably not, fair weather fan.

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