Clipper Darrell Rumors
Clipper Darrell, one of the NBA’s last quality clean hecklers, had Suns center Jermaine O’Neal’s attention in Wednesday’s first half. He got him to look on his usual “U-G-L-Y, you ain’t got no alibi” bit while at the free-throw line when the arena is mostly quiet. With Wesley Johnson, he got him to look and laugh with “Jermaine, who is that?”
The tournament was organized by Bigg City Bouree, a company that’s trying to standardize the Bourré rules and take the game mainstream in casinos from Las Vegas to Macau, a process that will possibly involve a reality show along the way. (Yep, that sentence exists). The “celebrity” part of the tournament didn’t quite materialize Friday, but Antoine Walker and Clipper Darrell were prominently involved, so I call it a success.
16 Dec 12
Clipper Darrell: I am excited to announce my partnership with Buffalo Wild Wings to host events. My first event will be on Thursday, April 5, 2012 at 7:00pm at 3939 Crenshaw Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90008. Join me, Clipper Darrell, as we cheer for our beloved Clippers as they take on the Sacramento Kings. There will be prizes, giveaways, plenty of food, great atmosphere and yours truly as we make Buffalo Wild Wings the new hot spot for Clipper fans.
A few weeks ago, Darrell Bailey set off a wild media firestorm with a blog post titled “I AM DEVASTATED!!!” on his website claiming the Clippers requested that he remove his unofficial affiliation with the organization from his name. The Clippers responded by basically assassinating the fanhood of their most famous supporter, saying that he was essentially only in it for the money. The 15 minutes of this story appeared to climaxed when Clipper Darrell “cried” on TV. It appeared to be over. But now? Now he’s back to being Clipper Darrell as he announced on his blog: I’M BACK! It is with great enthusiasm and humility that I can officially report my return as “Clipper Darrell.” As a fan I am truly sorry and apologize for any inconvenience this incident may have caused. It was never my intention to create a distraction fueling a media uproar. However, I am overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and support I received, over the past week, when my status with the Clipper’s was in question. I had a cordial and productive meeting with Clipper management and we have a clear and precise understanding of my role.
We will now work together to support OUR TEAM and continue the effort in bringing a WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP to CLIPPER NATION! Last nights game was bittersweet; our team lost a close one but I was proud to be back cheering, wearing the red white and blue. I’ve given my blood, sweat and many tears to the Clippers for over 15 years only for my LOVE of the team and will continue to do so. I would like to thank the Clipper organization and players for their generosity and support over the years. I have only acted in a professional and respectable manner in the capacity as “Clipper Darrell.” To all Clipper fans; UNITED WE STAND DIVIDED WE FALL! LET’S GO CLIPPERS, LET’S GO!
It’s hard to feel bad for someone who gets to attend professional sporting events for free. The problem is, Darrell Bailey also wants to represent the Clippers outside the arena. He wants to make paid public appearances on behalf of the Clippers and give interviews as a Clippers spokesman and essentially turn his rooting interest into a business interest. Amazingly, the Clippers don’t have a problem with that either. Although most teams would sue any fan who tried to capitalize on their name, the Clippers told Bailey they would not stop him from representing them, but would simply insist that he follow the same rules that apply to every other employee.
Yesterday, Bill Plaschke dropped this bomb. From the LA Times: First, the Clippers love having Darrell Bailey at their games. They love him so much, for the last couple of years they’ve given him a free ticket. Yes, while many others in the building are shelling out thousands for the hottest show in town, Bailey is given a prime lower-bowl spot for free. The Clippers love that he performs at the games. They don’t want him to stop his dancing. They don’t want him to tone down his support. They appreciate that he has been a season-ticket holder for a dozen years, and they would be happy to have him show up at every home game and lead Clippers cheers forever.
The Clippers say they actually offered their cheerleader a chance to be treated exactly like a Clippers cheerleader, with a $70 nightly salary but no unsanctioned interviews or appearances, and he refused. “He’s a really good person, but he told us he’s in this to make money,” Lahr said. “Once that happens, that changes the whole fan dynamic.”
“Like any company, we would need control over him and his message,” Lahr said. “He is using our name and our colors, and we would like control over how that is done.” Bailey, who did not return phone calls for this story, reportedly felt like this attempt at control was too stifling. So last week in a phone call with Lahr, he offered to stop being Clipper Darrell. Lahr told him that might be a good idea, but that he should think about it. Bailey never phoned back, and then Wednesday afternoon issued the statement on his website, stunning a Clippers organization that thought he was being treated fairly. “Somewhere along the line, he stopped being a super fan and became a marketer,” Lahr said. “He got to the point where he wanted this to be a commercial enterprise.”
The Clippers’ unofficial cheerleader, the rotund dancing guy in a red and blue suit named Darrell Bailey, caused a stir this week when he issued a statement on his website claiming that the Clippers, “no longer want me to be Clipper Darrell.… I am devastated!” In later interviews with several media outlets, he explained that the Clippers were cutting him loose because they didn’t want him representing the team with advertisers or in the community without their approval. “I felt powerless as a fan, as I was stripped of my identity,” he wrote. The Clippers then issued a statement calling his claims “absurd” and noting that they were concerned only with his “inappropriate use of the Clipper team name and trademark for his own unmonitored commercial gain.”
Clippers guard Chris Paul wrote, “WE GOT YOU!!!” Clippers forward Blake Griffin tweeted, “Bring back #ClipperDarrell,” and Clippers center DeAndre Jordan added, “I love you Clipper Darrell&#ClipperDarrell.” “I’m not feeling too good right now,” Bailey told ESPNLosAngeles.com by phone Wednesday. “They asked me not to be Clipper Darrell anymore. They don’t want me to dance. They don’t want me to cheer anymore at the games. I can’t be Clipper Darrell. They don’t want me in the suit. They don’t want me to do anything anymore.”
Darrell Bailey, an 11-year season ticket holder who is better known as “Clipper Darrell,” announced on his website Wednesday that the team has asked him to refrain from using the name “Clipper Darrell.” “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,” he wrote. “I am devastated!”
When the Los Angeles Clippers signed forward Bobby Simmons on Monday, the nine-year veteran who last played for the Clippers in 2005, smiled and said, “I can’t wait to see Clipper Darrell.” It looks like Simmons won’t be seeing him anytime soon.
So when the Clippers announced Wednesday evening that they had acquired All-Star point guard Chris Paul from the New Orleans Hornets, Bailey had a fitting reaction: He cried. “Tears came rolling down my eyes. I couldn’t believe it,” Bailey said. “This is a dream come true. I hated to see Eric Gordon go, but Chris Paul is a game changer. Nobody is laughing right now. I’m getting hit on Twitter and Facebook about the Clippers from people that haven’t talked to me in six years. I can’t get them tickets. “It’s like a dream to me right now.”
For 18 years, Darrell Bailey has been a fan of the most ridiculed franchise in professional sports. “Clipper Darrell,” is what most people know him as. He attends every home game of the Los Angeles Clippers usually wearing a suit that’s split equal parts red and blue. He even had a custom paint job for his car in the team’s colors: One half is red, the other blue.