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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: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: February 29, 2012 11:55 pm

Clippers put an end to 'Clipper Darrell'?

In a way, I understand it, and in a way I don't understand it.

The man isn't an official part of the organization. Technically, there is a Clippers "brand" ... however meager and non-relevant it was before they actually got a few guys who could play ball and win. So I can understand the Clippers organization not wanting him to profit off of their name, especially since they're in danger of actually profiting off it themselves.

But the guy was a season ticket-holder when, frankly, he could have came off the bench and played for them, they were that bad. And if he's donating to charity and not actually hurting the brand name, but instead giving it a positive face and donating to charity... is this really the message you want to send to the new bandwagoners?

Seems kind of dumb to do to the one Clipper fan anyone can name. Besides the troll who hosted the Oscars last Sunday.

Since: May 29, 2009
Posted on: February 29, 2012 11:44 pm

Clippers put an end to 'Clipper Darrell'?

It would seem that the problem here is "Clipper Darrell" when he's not sitting in his season ticket seat.  If all that he was doing was coming to the game as superfan Clipper Darrell, I don't see a problem like other superfans (Fireman Ed and others over the years).  But if he is making appearances in SoCal as "Clipper Darrell" then he is infringing on the copyright.  It usually don't matter if the logo is there or not, but if he appears in the red, white, and blue of the Clippers and presents himself as "Clipper Darrell", the Clippers have every right to protect their property.  The merchandize (sic) is clearly out of bounds as "Clipper Darrell".
So are the Los Angeles Clippers infringing on Joe DiMaggio???  He was known as "The Yankee Clipper" long before the Los Angeles Clippers came about.

Maybe the DiMaggio family should file suit against Donald Sterling and the LAC.  LOL.

The fact this guy was a season ticket holder for the Clippers for so many years -- the organization should be bending over backwards to let the guy do whatever he wants.  Hell -- they should refund him for the tickets he has bought over the years for putting such a pathetic product on the floor and charging people to come watch them.

Now they finally have a good team and all of a sudden they are upset with their superfan.  Donald Sterling may be the worst owner in the history of any professional sport.  I hope the players continue to back the guy and he gets to continue being Clipper Darrell or whatever he goes by. 

Since: Nov 28, 2008
Posted on: February 29, 2012 10:47 pm

Clippers put an end to 'Clipper Darrell'?

Kinda cool to see that the players actually support a fan though...

Maybe the NBA isnt a bunch of thugs after all  

Since: Aug 4, 2010
Posted on: February 29, 2012 10:43 pm

Clippers put an end to 'Clipper Darrell'?

Hey gipper, do you understand that people of all ages read these pages? Is it really necessary to use profanity to make your point? I agree with your sentiment but I admonish your word choice. Also CBSSports, perhaps you need to put in place a program that automatically edits profane language.

Since: Dec 7, 2011
Posted on: February 29, 2012 10:37 pm

Clippers put an end to 'Clipper Darrell'?

wonder what it was that set sterling off? probavly nothing rational.

Since: Apr 5, 2011
Posted on: February 29, 2012 10:36 pm

Clippers put an end to 'Clipper Darrell'?

I think the photo says it all. some love him and some hate him. i was a season ticket holder for the clippers when they were the sucky clippers, but i went and supported them anyways. i have to admit clipper darrell did a funny dance, and he was liked, they showed him on the big screen more than once a game. it takes balls to do what he does, i am sure he takes alot of insults as well, but he goes on forward with his routine. this is not a cut n dry issuse, the clippers have their rites too, especially if he is gaining financially speaking. This could get Ugly.

Since: Jun 26, 2011
Posted on: February 29, 2012 10:00 pm

Clippers put an end to 'Clipper Darrell'?

This story just proves the stupidity of the Los Angeles Clippers. You want to tell one of your most loyal fans to quit cheering on the team he loves? I know that the Clips got Blake Griffin, Chris Paul and have a shot at a deep playoff run. However, until Donald Sterling either sells the team or dies off this team will still be a fucking joke with the decisions they make.

Since: Jan 15, 2007
Posted on: February 29, 2012 9:12 pm

Clippers put an end to 'Clipper Darrell'?

Clipper Darrell's 'good will' and his energy and his rallying the troops even when those troops were REALLY bad is worth something. Darrell has made the Clipper organization money, even if that money is not quantifiable.

Darrell needs to NOT use the Clippers brand to sell stuff and the Clippers need to actually HIRE him, put him on the payroll and be done with it.

If fox sports west can hire two girls to 'promote' the kings, clippers, etc, the clippers can certainly hire Darell as a 'spokesman'.

Since: Jan 8, 2012
Posted on: February 29, 2012 8:45 pm

Clippers put an end to 'Clipper Darrell'?

*Incompetent. Last sentence.<br /><br />It's pretty ridiculous how the Clippers are treating this fan who has cheered for them through thick and thin. Definitely not a fair-weather fan. If I was "Darrell", I would boycott for the rest of the short season. Maybe even cheer for the Lakers for a game. 

Since: May 4, 2008
Posted on: February 29, 2012 8:42 pm

Clippers put an end to 'Clipper Darrell'?

Wow.... A one dollar wrist band and a ten dollar shirt....Really Donald Sterling? You've got to be kidding me. I enjoy watching Clipper Darrell running from isle to isle yelling "Let's go Clippers". No matter how crappy the team was he was there cheering them on. I'm a Laker fan but I've seen a lot of Clipper games due to the cheaper ticket vs the Lakers ticket. 

Give Darrell his name back, he's earned it. By the way Darrell, may be you should take Mark Kuban up on his offer to have you at his court for the Mavs.


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