Before Blake Griffin and Chris Paul joined the Los Angeles Clippers, the most famous person related to the Clippers had to be superfan Darrell Bailey better known as “Clipper Darrell”.
Well, “Clipper Darrell” isn’t in existence anymore since the Clippers decided to ask him to stop calling himself that.
Let’s get into the skinny of it with Fish Bowl LA:
Carl Lahr, senior vice president of marketing and sales, eventually returned Bailey’s call last week and informed him that the organization didn’t need him doing stories or speaking to the media on behalf of the team.
“We got to talking and I said the way I feel, you don’t want Clipper Darrell no more,” Bailey told FishbowlLA Wednesday. “You want Darrell Bailey back. They said, ‘You would do that?’”
According to Bailey, the Clippers offered him an additional free season ticket if he dropped the Clipper nickname.
“That’s when everything went haywire and they said I was trying to make money off sponsorships,” Bailey added. “If people are going to pay me to do some things, why not do it? I don’t see any harm in it as long as I’m not hurting the brand itself. I’m going to high schools, charity events, I do it all. They told me at the end of the conversation that, ‘We would like you not to be Clipper Darrell anymore and would like you to go back to Darrell Bailey.’”
All I have to say is long live, we will never forget Clipper Darrell.