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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: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: February 29, 2012 6:51 pm

Clippers put an end to 'Clipper Darrell'?

You have a colorful fan that the media named Clipper Darrel and that's been fine for the past 15 years. Why do the Clippers want a name change now? This must be coming from the NBA boss or the idiots that run the NBA Clippers. This is PR night mare for the Clippers all these years losing and start to win a few games they dont want him any more ( stupid attack ) Blake Griffin along with De Andre Jordon I love #clipper Darrell Chris Paul WE GOT YOU. Take 3 steps backwards Clippers.

Since: Sep 30, 2011
Posted on: February 29, 2012 6:16 pm

Clippers put an end to 'Clipper Darrell'?

The "curse" of the Clippers is always lurking from within. Get a good player and he will get hurt and be lost for the season every time.  The management will find a way to ruin morale or cause a distraction. No matter how good they are they will find a way to ruin it.  Bring back Clipper Darrell.

Since: Mar 28, 2008
Posted on: February 29, 2012 6:12 pm

Clippers put an end to 'Clipper Darrell'?

he should legally change his name to "clipper darrell"

bad PR move by the CLIPS HERE>  

Since: Jun 10, 2011
Posted on: February 29, 2012 5:45 pm

Clippers put an end to 'Clipper Darrell'?

It would be smart to bring Darrell aboard and market the "Clipper Darrell" brand and cut him a share of the profits.  Everybody wins.  Too smart for Sterling though.

Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: February 29, 2012 5:35 pm

Clippers put an end to 'Clipper Darrell'?

Donald Sterling still owns the team, right?  Enough said.  I guess money doesn't buy class, support of ones fellow man/woman, common sense, perspective, etc...

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