Thursday, March 1st, 2012 at 9:10 am  |  27 responses

Los Angeles Clippers Dumped Super Fan Clipper Darrell

Just because the Clippers are now awesome on the basketball court, doesn’t mean their front-office and PR folks aren’t still completely incompetent. Only this franchise would alienate their biggest (and most popular, by far) supporter on the alleged basis that he’s made a few bucks off his fandom of the historically crummy franchise. Per the OC Register, which obtained the full statement from the team regarding the severing of the relationship:

“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.”

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  • http://bulls.com airs

    stay classy, sterling!

  • DruNyce

    They win a few games & start acting brand new. Pathetic..

  • Groves

    Let Darrell Cheer!

  • http://slamonline.com Brad Long

    This is wrong on so many levels. “He is not a fan of the Clippers, but a fan of what he can make off the Clippers.”. Really? I guess those Clipper Darrell Nike’s were flying off the the rack so fast I never saw them. Or maybe he’s making crazy bank starting his own designer suit collection. Get the f@ck out of here. There are some truly evil people in the world of sports, Donald Sterling is one of them.

  • abc@home

    This really sucks. Have to change owner for a real change in culture.

  • Will Syms

    This makes me sad. Clipper Darrell is one of the highlights of each game and a great asset to the team. This could only be the work of the wonderful front office that brough you hits like; let’s get rid of Elgin Baylor and how bout we get rid of every player that got us to the playoffs in 2000. Just a matter of time before they get that itch and mess up lob city

  • Heals

    Totally unnecessary move, but fitting. Once the Clippers always the Clippers…

  • Vetsix

    Have the Clippers actually gone “Hollywood”? (I know… I just couldn’t resist)

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    I’ve posted twice on this.
    Clippers had to protect their brand from him using it for personal gain and possibly association it with issues, business or people that could make the team look worse. Or get the team sued.
    That’s just business 101.

  • shawnkemp4prez

    @Alanp, but you have to admit, the timing is convenient..? Nobody was worried about this when it was Chris Kaman’s Los Angeles Clippers. Donald Sterling is the Al Davis of basketball

  • ripslam

    So this is how the Clippers treat fans and season ticket holders apparently.

  • http://www.slamonline.com spit hot fiyah

    this dude is a die hard, still sounds funny, like a guy showing up at the job everyday without being employed with hopes of one day hearing: alright your hired

  • http://www.slamonline.com Slick Ric

    clippers find a little bit of success and now the wanna treat one of their most loyal fans dirty who supported them through all the atrocious play. SMH

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    There were no “appearance fees” for Clipper Darrell when the team was garbage. The reason this comes up is because as the team improved, Clipper Darrell saw his status rise with national profiles and other stuff, so now people will even pay him money to show up at events. Nobody wanted to be associated with that Clipper stink before, so nobody wanted to be associated with him too much beyond thinking he was goofy.
    They both are getting brand new.
    As a business, you can’t have someone going around calling himself “Clipper” whatever, if you have no control over what he does and does not do?
    Suppose he appeared in an adult video? Or was arrested for groping some chicks? Or did something involving drugs or anything? The backlash would hit the Clippers and depending on the offense people might try to act like dude worked for the team.

  • http://www.acb.com A l a n

    This is why the Clippers are the Clippers, and they always be.

  • Andrew

    @AllenP And how do the clipper stop say Randy Foye from appearing in an adult video, groping chicks or getting involved in drugs?

    The smart move would have been to hire the guy as a mascot or ambassador for home games give him a salary to appear in public events and home games and get their monies worth out of using him to promote the clips. Instead they chose this route…..

  • LA Huey

    I read an article that Clipper Darrell was doing speaking engagements at schools. If that’s true, I don’t blame the organization for what they did. You love fans but you can’t have guys not officially associated with your company appearing to speak on behalf of them.

  • LA Huey

    I also just want to make it clear that I don’t think someone like Darrell would damage the Clipper brand (sounds like the dude is loaded from his business ventures).

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    they can take action against Randy Foye if he does these things while dressed in a Clippers jersey and working for the Clippers and the video says “feature L.A. Clippers Guard Randy Foye.”
    You can’t use other people’s business names or images to enrich yourself without their permission. It’s illegal. That’s why we have trademarks and copyrights.
    Just because he’s a fan, doesn’t mean he can take the Clippers brand and use it to make money without their input.
    I’m not sure why y’all don’t understand this. These are the basic rules of the world we live in. It’s why some games have real teams and some don’t. It’s why Shaq’s Icy Hot commercial has him wearing a generic jersey instead of one for an actual team. It’s why Rondo’s commercial is the same way.
    Teams do not allow people to take their brands and images and use them to make money. It’s not done.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    And they didn’t say he had to stop. According to their statement, they asked him to coordinate his appearances with THEM. He refused.
    So he didn’t want them telling him what to do. which is understandable, but so is their reaction.

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

    There’s a point when copyright/trademark and patent laws become ridiculous though, Allen. They aren’t basic rules of the world we live in, they’re abstract, completely artificial conceptions. Where do you draw the line?

  • logues

    Allenp: stop trying to impress everyone with ur knowledge… everyone pretty much knows what ur saying but noone cares.. cuz the truth is its a bunch of crap that the clippers, after all these years of him being “clipper” darrell, all the sudden do this when they are good and popular? cmon man.. who cares what the law says, look at the ethical part of it!

  • fidel cashflow

    They should have done it another way sometimes its better to kiss someone while your screwing them instead of just screwing them them

  • EJ

    I agree with Allen, but the timing was just awful. Totally gone Hollywood.

  • Golakeshow

    This is why LA will always be a laker town

  • LakerFan

    Several points and observations I’ve made in all this.
    1. Have you seen his blog and his merchandise? It’s pretty sad, so that being said, he’s not going to get rich from selling rubber wrist bands and T-shirts that say Clipper Derrell. If you don’t believe me see for yourself.
    2. He’s a superfan, not a fan trying to make money off the Clippers. He’s been a fan since the 80′s. Does anyone with a brain think he was going to every home game dressed in his blue/red suit, driving his blue/red care living in his blue/red house hoping that one day the Clippers would be good and he’d try to make a fortune. Come on Clippers really?! The guy was cheering you on even at your worst.
    3. Yes, I agree about the copyrights of the name, brand etc., however, instead of dragging the guy through the much would have been to get this guy on payroll and this would allow more control over his appearances and content. If he’s out in the community as “Clipper Derrell,” don’t you think he’s getting the Clippers some future fans?!!! Hello, this same technique is being used by Apple to target the youth so once they buy Apple products, they will always be Apple customers. The Clippers would benefit greatly by just playing nice, paying the guy and allow him to be “Clipper Derrell.”

  • Ron

    Read the plaschke piece in the la times, they offered him cheerleader perks but he wasn’t game. I didn’t agree with the clips decision at first and the timing was bad but when you think about they’re right.