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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.
Comments

Since: Jun 25, 2007
Posted on: February 29, 2012 8:40 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".

Hopefully, Darrell Bailey and the Clippers can become friends again so he can entertain the fans at Clippers games like he did before.



Since: Nov 14, 2006
Posted on: February 29, 2012 8:31 pm
 

Clippers put an end to 'Clipper Darrell'?

The Clippers didn't have a problem for 15 years because he wasn't selling unlicensed merchandise during that time, at least nothing appreciable.  Now that he's selling knockoff products in larger numbers, he's under the microscope.  And he deserves to be.  You simply can't do that.

It's like someone who goes to Disneyland once a week for 10 years, and dresses up in Disney clothes, starting to sell fake Disney clothes with his name on it.  May be the bigges Disney fan in the world, still can't do that though...



Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: February 29, 2012 8:30 pm
 

Clippers put an end to 'Clipper Darrell'?

Way to abandon your fans Clippers, when in a couple years you become irrelevant again, Clipper Darrell will not be there, cause you took that name away from him..



Since: Jan 3, 2012
Posted on: February 29, 2012 8:17 pm
 

Clippers put an end to 'Clipper Darrell'?

I hate people jumping on the Clippers/Chris Paul bandwagon.  Donald Sterling wants to win now?  That's just great, and bandwagoners don't care about that.

I do feel bad for Clipper Darrell, but I do think selling merchandise, cashing in with "Clipper" in the name is wrong.



Since: Jan 8, 2007
Posted on: February 29, 2012 8:11 pm
 

Clippers put an end to 'Clipper Darrell'?

bet you he has 10 times more stuff in his closet than sterling has in his sock drawer



Since: May 29, 2011
Posted on: February 29, 2012 7:52 pm
 

Clippers put an end to 'Clipper Darrell'?

i am with theClippers on this one, dude is trying to make a buck off other ppl



Since: Jan 9, 2012
Posted on: February 29, 2012 7:28 pm
 

Clippers put an end to 'Clipper Darrell'?

I don't know who Clipper Darrell is, but I assume he's to the Clippers what Fireman Ed is to the Jets, and that would be a bummer to lose.  Someone like that gets all of the fans hyped up and the team hyped in return.  The Clippers should work out a deal with him to let him keep the name and persona, maybe they could start selling Clipper Darrell things and give him a royaltee fee.  That way everyone wins.



Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: February 29, 2012 7:16 pm
 

Clippers put an end to 'Clipper Darrell'?

I like Clipper Darrell, but he absolutely can't use the Clipper name to sell merchandise.  Period.  Something will hopefully be worked out between Darrell and the organization, but allowing him to continue this sets a bad precedent.  No team in the NBA would allow it.  In fact, I don't think any team in professional sports would allow it.

An ironic post from a dude named LakerSteve.  I understand protecting a brand, but really?  The Clippers should make this right.  Put him on the payroll for a very nominal amount and keep traditions alive.  Sports fans are just itching for a display of loyalty from their franchises.  A small gesture could wield huge dividends from a pr standpoint.



Since: Dec 29, 2006
Posted on: February 29, 2012 7:02 pm
 

Clippers put an end to 'Clipper Darrell'?

I like Clipper Darrell, but he absolutely can't use the Clipper name to sell merchandise.  Period.  Something will hopefully be worked out between Darrell and the organization, but allowing him to continue this sets a bad precedent.  No team in the NBA would allow it.  In fact, I don't think any team in professional sports would allow it.



Since: Jan 22, 2007
Posted on: February 29, 2012 6:54 pm
 

Clippers put an end to 'Clipper Darrell'?

Worst organization in American sports.  They were essentially handed a winning team, and are still finding ways to **** it up.


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