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Clippers statement regarding 'Clipper Darrell'

Posted on: February 29, 2012 6:53 pm
Edited on: March 1, 2012 9:47 am
Posted by Royce Young

Clipper Darrell is no more, but the Clippers say he never was. (Getty Images)

The franchise's most famous fan, Clipper Darrell, put up a post on his website Wednesday titled "I AM DEVASTATED!!!" detailing that the Los Angeles Clippers are having him remove the word "Clipper" from his superfan moniker.

It sparked some serious backlash in just a few short hours with Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan all tweeting support for Clipper Darrell, while the L.A. superfan actually trended on Twitter for about an hour. The Clippers, an organization that doesn't have a sparkling public image, released a statement regarding the issue.

Via the O.C. Register, here's the statement in full:
“The Clippers have done absolutely nothing wrong or inappropriate as it concerns Darrell Bailey. His claims are absurd and unfounded. He has never been an employee or representative of the Clippers organization, and therefore cannot be terminated. The Clippers have never engaged Mr. Bailey’s services. When he has been in need, the organization has regularly provided him a seat for games. No good deed goes unpunished.

"We have had multiple conversations with him concerning his inappropriate use of the Clippers’ team name and trademark for his own unmonitored commercial gain. We have spoken to him repeatedly about his desire to make public appearances in ways which improperly suggest that he is officially affiliated with our organization. In all cases and over a long period of time, he has consistently rejected our efforts to operate in consultation.

"In a conversation with an authoritative and tenured Clippers’ executive last week, he was asked again to either consult with the team on all public appearances and/or commercial ventures, or stop undertaking those opportunities representing himself inappropriately. His response was an offer to stop representing himself commercially in that way and his offer was accepted in principle.

"The next thing we heard was the baseless claims he has made today and the ensuing media rush to judgment.

"We hold all of our fans in the highest esteem and we have been patient and generous with Mr. Bailey. He has not returned our support in an honorable way. He is not actually a fan of the Clippers, but a fan of what he can make off of the Clippers.  We are no longer interested in that kind of association with him, and that is why we accepted his offer to remove our team name from his stage name.”

Wow. So not only did they deny the accuracy of Darrell's story, they burned Clipper Darrell to the ground. "He is not actually a fan of the Clippers, but a fan of what he can make off of the Clippers." That's... wow. 

There likely has been a rush to judgment and I'm sure we all don't know the extent of the relationship and all the details involved. But that's the point of PR. To make sure the message is clear and the story is handled well. Even if the Clippers have a point, you can't deny that this is a bad look. And that release certainly isn't going to help things. They basically assassinated the fanhood of their most famous fan.

Obviously this wouldn't be a big deal as the organization certainly has a point about Clipper Darrell's portrayal as a team employee, but the timing is awful. Right when the Clippers have risen to a popular, successful team following a blockbuster trade, they alienate their most vocal and visible fan.

But then again, should we really be all that surprised?


Since: Jan 22, 2007
Posted on: March 1, 2012 1:22 am

Clippers statement regarding 'Clipper Darrell'

I need to apply for the job of Clippers PR guy; clearly, I couldn't do any worse.<br /><br />There is a valid issue about him profiting off of an unapproved association with the team...but god damn, this is a bad way to handle it.<br />

Since: Jan 14, 2010
Posted on: March 1, 2012 12:23 am

Clippers statement regarding 'Clipper Darrell'

I find these "Superfan's" annoying.  Look at me, look at me, look at me.  Narcissistic behavior.  Sit down and let me watch the game. 

Since: Sep 5, 2011
Posted on: February 29, 2012 11:57 pm

Clippers statement regarding 'Clipper Darrell'

Someone has forgotten malcolm in the middle

Since: Sep 5, 2011
Posted on: February 29, 2012 11:56 pm

Clippers statement regarding 'Clipper Darrell'

Real Clippers fans don't care much... he yells, its cute when we're down 20 en route to a 25 win season, but he's loud, annoying at times and when he's got a ticket in front of you, you're pissed.   To be honest, I'd much rather the Westside Rentals guy... moron, yes.   But at least entertaining.   Or maybe put the kiss cam on Gomes and Cookie... thats about all they're good for.

Since: Sep 11, 2010
Posted on: February 29, 2012 11:26 pm

Clippers statement regarding 'Clipper Darrell'

Does this franchise really expect the fans who read about this to buy into their point of view? I understand infringement; it wouldn't have been hard to convince me, for one, that the Clippers were totally in the right on this point had they not verbally and publicly shredded the only nationally known fan of their team besides Billy Crystal.
No matter how low class and offensive Clipper Darrell has been, and i'm not saying he has since i've never been to a game there, it's still a "massive conglomerate vs defenseless fan" story that should have been handled with just a touch of class and P.R. by the team. But apparently even the P.R. department has taken on the image of their pathetic owner, Donald Sterling. Here's hoping Blake Griffin and Chris Paul opt out and get out as soon as they're legally allowed.

Since: Jan 6, 2012
Posted on: February 29, 2012 11:23 pm

Clippers statement regarding 'Clipper Darrell'

And this is newsworthy? I guess only in LA and on a slow sport day. Who cares!

Since: Aug 10, 2010
Posted on: February 29, 2012 11:18 pm

Clippers statement regarding 'Clipper Darrell'

Man that chick to his right has some huge arms.

Since: Jan 8, 2010
Posted on: February 29, 2012 11:03 pm

Clippers statement regarding 'Clipper Darrell'

Clippers organization has no right to say anything to this guy one way or another. Why Darrell is even entertaining them is laughable.

I understand the response wasn't the best choice of words, but actually, the Clippers have every right to be involved, if Clipper Darrell was making money using that name.  I can't imagine the big wigs in Seattle wouldn't come after you if you used the name "Microsoft Dan" to sell merchandise or speeches promoting Microsoft ideas.  Trademarks are trademarks, and there's laws for that stuff.

Now, if it turns out Clipper Darrell wasn't profiting by his nickname, that's another story.  But that possibility doesn't sound likely.    &nbs

Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: February 29, 2012 10:47 pm
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Since: Feb 2, 2011
Posted on: February 29, 2012 10:35 pm

Clippers statement regarding 'Clipper Darrell'

I can't believe the Clippers went so far to say "he is not actually a fan of the Clippers but a fan of what he can make off the Clippers." He wasn't making anything off the Clippers the previous 14 years when they were the worst franchise in professional sports. Clippers employees/managers are acting like their owner: classless douchebags.

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