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Report: Owner Donald Sterling heckles Clippers

Posted on: December 13, 2010 9:44 am
Edited on: August 14, 2011 9:33 pm
 
Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling is reportedly heckling his own players, including point guard Baron Davis. Posted by Ben Golliver
donald-sterling Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling rarely wins in the court of public appeal, and today comes word of another guaranteed embarrassing loss for the NBA's most reviled owner. Sterling's sins run a mile long: allegations of racism in his private businesses, contract disputes with former coaches and executives, harsh treatment of players, erratic behavior ... the list is longer than DeAndre Jordan. Given that history, we can't call this Yahoo! Sports report a new low for Sterling, he's sunk further previously, but it's still really bad. Sterling is reportedly heckling his own players, zeroing in on point guard Baron Davis, whom Sterling evidently believes is "out of shape" and not living up to his hefty contract.
Sterling “started getting a lot more vocal during the second half of last season,” one team source said. “He never had done that before at games. Baron’s his pet project. He absolutely hates Baron. He wants to get his money back.”
Davis, of course, is at a loss for words and tries to tread carefully. After all, Sterling is his boss.
“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.”
There are a lot of privileges that go with NBA ownership: courtside seats, locker room visits, etc. But the best NBA owners are involved without overstepping, acting as a stabilizing force and letting trusted basketball people make trusted basketball decisions. Sterling isn't just overstepping here, he's stomping on all that is sacred about the sport. He's killing his players' confidence, he's undermining his coach's authority, he's making life more difficult for his front office if they are trying to move Davis, and he is, once again, giving his entire organization and all of its employees a bad name. The NBA should probably intervene, as Sterling's reported behavior makes the entire league look bad. If players are held to the strictest of standards on the court -- they can now be given a technical foul for gesturing in anger at a bad call -- it looks exceedingly hypocritical if other team employees, especially an owner, are not required to comport themselves with a basic level of decency and to treat colleagues with a basic degree of respect in public.  Here's hoping a little light on the situation scares Sterling into silence. We can agree that's not likely to happen.  
Comments

Since: Oct 22, 2007
Posted on: December 15, 2010 2:22 pm
 

Report: Owner Donald Sterling heckles Clippers

Baron Davis may not be performing up to expectations and may be out of shape, but given a choice, I'd take him as a player over Donald Sterling as an owner every single time.



Since: Jul 8, 2010
Posted on: December 14, 2010 7:54 am
 

Report: Owner Donald Sterling heckles Clippers

This isn't about supporting sterling. This is about allowing an owner run a team how he likes. If he wants a bad name and image that no player wants to come play for his organization, then he'll have to live with the consequences. He'll feel that with free agents not wanting to sign, fans not wanting to come to games if that is there decision. But that isn't OUR decision or the Leagues decision. Baron Davis IS out of shape and Isn't performing for what he is being paid. If he decides that heckling from the stands is what he wants to do, then so be it. Why is it alright for fans in the same seats, but not him? Fans are in actual fact part owners in a sense when they purchase that ticket for that night.
I'm not supporting him, nor am I against Sterling. This situation will sort itself out without any analysis or involvement of some outside entities.Sterling does certainly show that you may be able to pay for school, but you can't buy class.....



Since: Dec 26, 2006
Posted on: December 14, 2010 2:07 am
 

Report: Owner Donald Sterling heckles Clippers

Owner's should have a little class and be able to contain themselves.  Are NBA owners and fans turning into the same idiots that route for the Yankees.  C'mon man!



Since: Oct 18, 2006
Posted on: December 14, 2010 1:42 am
 

Report: Owner Donald Sterling heckles Clippers


...so all of you that support Sterling are cool if your boss comes in and heckles you on the job everyday...your production would go up?....your attitude would be good?....you'd respect your boss?






Since: Dec 20, 2009
Posted on: December 14, 2010 12:58 am
 

Report: Owner Donald Sterling heckles Clippers

If i had paid a hefty price for a top notch free agent like davis and was getting a LEMON i would be pissed too. These guys are all overpaid crybabies. try and come get a job in the real world where you can be fired at any time. sorry a$$ bunch of pampered circus stars.



Since: Sep 17, 2010
Posted on: December 13, 2010 11:47 pm
 

Report: Owner Donald Sterling heckles Clippers

I read through this entire tread and buckeyes1005 hit the nail on the head.  Though I agree that BD hasn't performed up to the level of the money he received, D. Sterling is in no position to be critical. BD has only let down fans for a little more than 2 seasons. D. Sterling, however, has let down fans for many years, and still many years to come. It is bitter-sweet to see a guy like B. Griffith in a Clipper uniform, because in the back of all of our minds we know that his talent is going to be waisted under Sterling's reign.



Since: Dec 4, 2006
Posted on: December 13, 2010 11:43 pm
 

Report: Owner Donald Sterling heckles Clippers

you know, I really agree with you.. I mean.. We've all seen what Baron has done lately, I'd be pissed too.. I just don't know if I'd handle it exactly this way..



Since: Dec 24, 2007
Posted on: December 13, 2010 10:39 pm
 

Report: Owner Donald Sterling heckles Clippers

This is just further evidence that Sterling is the worst owner of the worst franchise in sports.



Since: Jul 29, 2009
Posted on: December 13, 2010 10:24 pm
 

Report: Owner Donald Sterling heckles Clippers

 You've got to love the "Donald" yelling at his own players. What a class owner Mr. Sterling is, but I think his basic problem is the courtside company he keeps. That photo of Donald screaming at whatever is transpiring on the court is priceless. You've got Mr. Myagi looking intense while his date is laughing it up with Sterling's sidekick. On the owner's right is the obligatory thug from East LA with a Yankee hat and further down is the movie director who's last flick was in the 80's; unless you count the porn movies that he and one Eldrick Woods produced in the last 3 years. It must be quite an inspiration to have your boss tell you that"you suck" every time you come down the floor.



Since: Dec 15, 2007
Posted on: December 13, 2010 10:11 pm
 

Report: Owner Donald Sterling heckles Clippers

He is the team's biggest fan.  It's common for fans to heckle their own players when they suck and don't give them their money's worth.  Just because the guy is an idiot owner, doesn't mean what he is doing is wrong.  I applaud him for doing it.  Cuban heckles the other team, but that's because his team is good. 


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