This is hurtful! As a hoop fan, and someone who has lived in Los Angeles the past five years, I have seen how loyal and committed Clipper Darrell has been to the Los Angeles Clippers organization. Here in LA he is somewhat of a celebrity. He was down for them when they were one of the weakest, if not the weakest, team in the NBA. At every game you could find him on the court and in the stands hyping up the crowd with his crazy dance moves and high energy. Looks like the Clippers went Hollywood and forgot who their real fans are. Ouch!
From Clipper Darrell’s website…
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!