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Monday, December 13th, 2010 at 9:00 am  |  71 responses

Donald Sterling is Now Heckling Baron Davis

by Marcel Mutoni / @marcel_mutoni

Donald Sterling’s latest shameful act as a less-than-awesome human being involves publicly taunting his highly-paid point guard, Baron Davis. Seriously.

Davis — suffering through the least-productive season of his career since he was a rookie — has faced criticism from fans, media, and even his own head coach about his lack of conditioning coming into this season, and now, he’s hearing it loud and clear from a certain courtside seat.

Yahoo! reports:

Sterling has expressed his displeasure about Davis’ play by taunting him from his courtside seat at Clippers’ home games, several sources told Yahoo! Sports. Among Sterling’s verbal barbs: – “Why are you in the game?” – “Why did you take that shot?” – “You’re out of shape!”

While Sterling has also taunted other Clippers players since the middle of last season, none have received it worse than Davis, the sources said. Davis has missed 14 of the team’s 25 games this season and is averaging 7.4 points while making a team-high $13 million. Including this season, Davis has three years and nearly $42 million left on his contract.

“There’s nothing I can say,” Davis said of Sterling’s taunts. “I have no comment on that. You just get to this point where it’s a fight every day. It’s a fight. You’re fighting unnecessary battles. I’m fighting unnecessary battles. “It’s frustrating because I know and my teammates know I’m capable of getting it done, even dudes on the other team. It’s frustrating.”

When asked about the heckling, all Donald Sterling could say, more or less, was that he’s happy when the Clippers score, and sad when they don’t. He’s the best.

Playing for LA’s “other team” is a generally miserable experience. But, somehow, and seemingly without any repercussions, their owner finds a way to make it significantly worse year in and year out.

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  • JTaylor21

    Sh*t if I was BDiddy’s mom, I would taunt his sorry a** too. It still doesn’t excuse what this undercover KKK member did though.

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    Donald Sterling. Where throwing your own team under the bus happens.

  • namik

    As terrible a human as D Sterling is, how is Davis completely absolved of any blame? If the guy actually writing your check holds you accountable, that makes him a class less act? While people who have nothing, absolutely nothing to do with Davis or the Clippers are free to comment on his inarguably garbage play? Once again, how is a lazy “professional” who fails to do his part a victim here?

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    Davis aint a victim. But if your employer is calling you out it’s time to look for different work.

  • The Philosopher

    Just imagine what he says to old man Baylor.

  • riggs

    @namik: what sterling is doing isnt holding him accountable, its pretty much unprofessional bullying. Take that ish out of the court and into his office in a professional matter. Davis is still an *ss though.

  • deshawn33

    cosign namik to some extent here..
    yeah,DSterling aint mother teresa and all, but BDiddy´s gotta take some responsibility for the things he can control-i mean he´s supposedly been “playing on a bad knee” for like 3-4 seasons??
    how bout taking care of that at some point?(a huge)part of being a pro is taking care of your body and making sure all that talent is being made available to the one who pays you millions for doing just that-displaying your talents..and being overweight doesnt make it easier on those knees either..real sry for that cause i think he´s a great guy-but really-his professionalism in that regard leaves something to be desired..

  • Anon E Mouse

    Namik, don’t be silly now dude. If you were going through a bad patch at work and your director came down and started talking ish at you in front of colleagues, customers, reporters etc you’d be running for your nearest Union Rep.

    And don’t tell me nothing about the money he’s being paid. Donald is supposed to be an Exec, show some class and keep that ish behind closed doors. Did the players scream at Donald from the floor while he was running the most futile franchise in the business for eon’s before Blake brough his dunk show to town?

    Damn idiot owner needs to sit his old ass down and yes JTaylor’s last sentance some up this piece of crap. Where the hell is Spreewell when someone needs choking?

  • marc

    Damn I missed the days when Baron Davis was feared. smh

  • T-Money

    ya’ll some morons. how would you feel if your boss would force you to display a huge dunce cap on your desk after you messed up on a project? but, but… you DID mess up, right? accountability, right?

  • Anon E Mouse

    Damn I ranted so much my spelling turned into that of a 12 year old. Anyway T-Money “summed” it up much more Succinctly. Thanks you sir.

  • The Philosopher

    “You PLAY… The GAME… TO WIN!!
    HELLO!?!?”
    (Herman Edwards)

  • The Philosopher

    I facked that one up, no?
    LOL!

  • http://sports.espn.go.com/oly/olybb/news/story?id=5493184 ENDSwing

    Isnt that the premise of the Movie Major League, starring the Cleveland Indians? Maybe sterling just wants to move them to Miami

  • Fat Lever

    I think this is the definition of “conduct detrimental to the team”. Does Sterling think of the effect of his actions down the line. What player would ever want to play for him? And I wonder if Stern will step in with a fine here. Stern is all about the image of the league, and this can’t be good.

  • javy

    “Hey ……Baron, is Donald bothering you, I have something that might help, but we need to pass security and leave a present on his desk.
    What you say???….Call me!
    Maybe we can go to Denny’s afterwards!!!
    Say hello to the kids!!
    Arenas.

  • MikeC.

    I bet Blake is just itching to sign a contract extension now.

  • Dagger

    Taunting your own players is inexcusable, but showing up to training camp out of shape is just as inexcusable. Free Blake!

  • http://www.twitter.com/chris_griff_3 Chris_Griff_3

    Baron Davis hasn’t played well since the Warriors playoff run.

  • namik

    How is being lazy and unprofessional “messing up”? Dude is earning $13 MILLION and he can’t get in shape? I mean if he was hurt, yes, if he was giving it his all and just suffering through a bad patch, sure. But he’s basically just fat. And he’s a professional athlete who’s sole job is to keep himself injury free and fit. If after all he’s heard, if he can’t do that, then I dont see why he’d care about this. And it’s hilarious that the whole world can put the dunce cap on Davis and laugh, but if the owner of the team does it, it’s despicable.

  • http://slamonline BossTerry

    Too bad, Griffen could make him look real good.

  • Lz – Cphfinest3

    Sterling is a tool no doubt. But if I was watching a fat bearded guy scoring under 8 points a game, hoisting ill-advised jumpers and at times ignoring his stud-rookie completely while knowing that he was taking home 13 million USD of my money you better believe I would be screaming things way worse. As bad as Sterling is at his job (and as a human being) BDavis has probably been a worse at his job than Sterling since he moved over from the Warriors. I used to be a fan of Davis these days he is embarrasing to watch.

  • arjae828

    this is the craziest thing i eva heard. an owner dissing his star player from court side? lmao…crazy. def unprofessional. who’s going to go to the clippers if this is how they’re treated? BD should get yelled at, but behind closed doors obviously. This is crazy.Owners just can do this. David Stern said he suspended Arenas to prevent Gil from doing anything stupid and hurting his court case (after the whole 10 pace draw routine). Shouldn’t Stern take disciplinary action to protect Sterling? i’m just saying. he’s shooting himself in the foot. Who’s gunna trade for BD if they see the owner Chastising him at every home game? And who’s gunna sign with the Clips if they see the owner belittling players from court side? crazzzy !

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Wow….
    Apparently, this dude has pictures of Stern with a nude boy or dead girl. That’s the only explanation I can muster.
    He appears to be immune from censure or punishment in a way that no other owner and definitely no player is. Even Cuban has been fined by Stern, so clearly it’s not impossible for Stern to discipline his bosses. And while I agree that Baron is a huge disappointment, this is unacceptable behavior from a team owner. Just crass.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    All of you all going after Baron need to take a step back.
    When did it become acceptable to demean and harass members of your OWN team for failing to perform?
    Is that acceptable behavior for any player in the league? Think about it.

  • http://slamonline.com Hossy

    i hope somebody beats donald sterling up

  • Deon

    There is a reason why the Clippers never ever win and it aint B.Diddy he may be a fat bum but the only contstant in ALL of the losing is Stearling….

  • youngmuggsy

    If only he put as much time and effort on his body as he does maintaining his meticulously well groomed beard.

  • http://www.hoopsvibe.com/features/overdribbling chiqo

    someone take sterling’s team from him. he doesn’t deserve it.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    Those of you defending Donald Sterling and/or his actions need to read up on dude. Seriously, calling him a “less-than-awesome human being” is waaaay too good for him.

  • http://hibachisabas.blogspot.com/ Toni Kukoc

    FREE BLAKE GRIFFIN

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic
  • cris

    Baron needs to go. He’s holding the Clips back. I’d want my money back too if I was Sterling. No doubt the dude is crazy, but he’s right on this one… Davis sucks.

  • Anon e Mouse

    I think we can all assume that Namik is either trolling for action or slow on the uptake. I wondered how long it would be before you mentioned his salary. The simple point remains that there is a place for reprimanding a poorly performing employee and it is not on the court in front of the world. Its plain to see that Baron is underperforming by his own standards we can all agree on that, but there are rules that aply to all businesses with regards to being proffessional.

    This is the league that even goes as far as telling grown men (it’s athlete superstars) how they should dress and they got nothing to say to Sterling?

    I’m trying to keep it cordial with all of the above of course but I’d really like to see him get Spree’d.

  • ClydeSays

    That’s BS. Sterling can say whatever he wants to his coaches or players in the LOCKER ROOM. Doing it on court is low-class, unprofessional & will hopefully get Sterling fined.

    Is BDiddy an out of shape, underachiever? Maybe, but even the worst person in your employ should expect people to act like professionals. Especially the owner.

  • Somedude

    @Anon e Mouse
    If I was paying a dude 13.1 million dollars to play a sport, and he showed up that out of shape, I’d probably throw him under the bus even worse. Other jobs will fire you if you perform as below expectations as Baron Davis is, so he should be happy to receive verbal abuse compared to losing millions and millions of dollars.
    Also, if every business has the same rules for what is “professional,” the dress code is perfectly logical.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    “In 2003, Sterling acknowledged paying a woman named Alexandra Castro $500 every time “she provided sex.” He testified: “It was purely sex for money, money for sex, sex for money, money for sex.” He would call her honey, but for decidedly unromantic reasons. “I’m a very flowery man,” he said. “If you are having sex with a woman you are paying for, you always call her honey because you can’t remember her name”
    Seriously people, seriously.

  • http://slamonline BossTerry

    cosign Allen P (1:43), Deon (1:44) and Chiqo(2:25)..

  • http://www.stonesthrow.com Michael NZ

    Sterling is a proven fool but his comments re Davis are correct.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Somedude
    How can you uphold the dress code as a sign of a business dictating what is “professional” but turn around and pretend that verbal abuse is not a violation of professional standards because Davis is being paid a large sum of money?
    Don’t you see a contradiction there?
    Professional behavior and expecations should extend to EVERYONE, not just players.
    Furthermore, some of you have a misunderstanding about what money gets you. NONE of the players in the NBA make more on an annual basis than the owner of the team. None them. Therefore, shouldn’t you hold owners to a higher standard than the one you hold players to since owners are actually earning more money?
    Also, how much money is enough for you sacrifice you self respect and dignity? Is money really that important and valuable?

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Really Michael?
    You of all people feel that an owner yelling remarks at a player during the game that by any standard are insults is ok as long as the insults are “true”?
    Would you feel that way if Davis was yelling at Sterling, or Del Negro?
    Or does it only go one way?

  • T-Money

    I always find it shocking when fans think that players should happily accept ad hominem abuse as some kind of trade-off for their large salary.

  • Anonymous

    The golden rule: He who has the gold makes the rules…

  • The Philosopher

    Maybe Stern and Sterling are in the same fraternity…

  • http://www.michaelcho.com M Cho

    AllenP is speaking truth here. Professionalism extends both ways. Just because a man is signing the check doesn’t allow him to berate his employees in public. That’s just being a$$hole.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Oh, and according to the story he’s done it to Kaman and some other guys as well. Come on, this is a pattern, it ain’t all on Baron. Who, by the way, I dislike more than any player not named Vince Carter.

  • http://slamonline.com The Black Rick Kamla

    anyone whose ever watche the Clips play know just how much better they play when Baron Davis gets on the court. Its a shame this loser of an owner who hasn’t done crap for the organization or community for however many years can fix his crusty mouth to say anything about anybody.

  • http://slamonline.com The Black Rick Kamla

    I wish owners could get fired like coaches can…

  • Anonymous

    @philo ya think lol

  • SickNtired

    Seriously, some of you really don’t think about what you write before you post. How the hell can you bring up professionalism in the same post in which you are defending the most unprofessional conduct displayed by any owner in the league? I’d also like to know where it’s written that an employer can verbally abuse an employee if that employee makes a certain amount of money. Some of these posts ooze with stupidity. Baron Davis is lazy and fat for no reason, but it doesn’t give Sterling the right to berate him in public. Prime example of a hostile work enviornment. I’d like to see the fool who would defend Sterling use the same argument in a courtroom. See what kind of judge is going find Sterling’s behavior acceptable.

  • SickNtired

    This isn’t about whether Baron Davis is right or wrong for being out of shape. We all know how wrong he is for that. This is about what type of behavior is and isn’t acceptable for an owner. Apparently there are no standards at all for the behavior of owners. For those of you who keep bringing up Davis’ salary I hav a couple of questions: if verbal abuse is acceptable at $13 million, at what amount of money is physical abuse acceptable? $20 mill? What about sexual abuse? $40 mill? I’d really like an answer since a few of you clearly put a price tag on respect.

  • http://www.need4sheed.com Tarzan Cooper

    Stern and sterling hang out at the bohemian grove, and laugh at all the shtt sterling gets away with.

  • The Philosopher

    ^^

  • SickNtired

    Where are the comments I posted?

  • http://sdfklfds.com Jukai

    If I was Baron Davis, I’d take this up with the Players’ Union. This is horrific.

  • http://www.stonesthrow.com Michael NZ

    AllenP, I guess I meant while Sterlings sentiments towards Baron might be correct, I should have said that how he went about it was throughly unprofessional (and not totally unsurprising). I don’t know how owners normally do with regards to direct concerns they have with players on their teams, but I’m thinking a face to face would have been more appropriate.

    For the record, I think our thoughts on Davis as a player are roughly the same. Not that thats the point here, but just saying.

  • http://www.stonesthrow.com Michael NZ

    TC on point @ 6.18pm. Haha. But seriously, isn’t Sterling a blot on the NBA’s landscape? Stern with his law background surely could figure out a way to remove the guy? Guessing if he could have he already would have.

  • The Philosopher

    Sterling’s a lawyer, too.
    he probably will pull the skeletons out of Stern’s closet in a court of law.
    I’m rambling again.
    Damn.

  • T-Money

    Why are we even discussing Baron’s abilities right now? It’s TOTALLY irrelevant to the discussion – this would be unacceptable behavior toward Baron Davis, Kobe Bryant or the worst scrub in the league.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Sterling kinda looks like a d0uche in that picture. Just saying..

  • dma

    whoever is defending Sterling’s actions must be under 18 years old or works at WalMart.

  • http://www.oprah.com Doyouwantmore

    For 33 million dollars Baron should be in shape. What does he care though? He makes films! The NBA is just a stepping-stone!

  • MikeC.

    The correct course of action for Baron showing up out of shape and failing to get into shape, would be suspension. Riley did it to Antoine Walker in Miami, so a precedent has been set. Suspend Baron for failing to perform up to team standards until he’s in acceptable condition. It is true that the Clips perform better when Baron is on the court. The problem is that he’s out of shape and can’t stay on the court long enough to make an impact on the game.

  • michelle

    FREE BLAKE GRIFFIN AND ERIC GORDON!!!!!

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    I’m sorry, but we’ll have a problem when and only when Donald Sterling calls B. Davis “honey” from the sideline…, he’s paying him for it after all….

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Co-sign michelle. Add Chris Kaman to that list as well.

  • http://www.oprah.com Doyouwantmore

    Sterling should act like an employer though for real.

  • Danno

    Why is Davis in the game ??? Because the lame coach Stering hired put him in…The whole organization is a joke….unfortunate that Blake Griffin and Eric Gordon are currently part of the joke…the rest of the team does suck…Sterling has got that right….give it up Sterling….you suck too

  • Anon E Mouse

    @ Somedude – no further comment required just refer to any of Allenp’s previous comments for the correct.

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  • LAlocal

    Baron Davis is a thief. I’ve seen him play every year since he came to LA. He comes in every year fat and out of shape, takes 35 games to get back in shape, then misses 20 games for whatever reason. If I was paying someone that kind of money I would call him fat and lazy too. Obviously the talks they have had about conditioning in previous years didn’t work. Also, this isn’t the corporate world. If you have ever played a sport, you know you can get mad and curse at your coach and not be fired, and vice versa. And to all you that say he should play elsewhere if people as saying bad things about him. He won’t, no one would pay him even half of what he is making now. He is a career under achiever like Rashard Lewis and Vince Carter.

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