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Clippers to celebrate Black History Month. In the wrong month.

Feb 28, 2011, 2:58 PM EDT

Clippers Black History Month

There is a newfound hope in Clippers Nation. Blake Griffin’s skill and motor have changed the culture of that team. Eric Gordon can ball and is a perfect complement. There is a young core, draft picks coming (two first rounders in 2012) and a manageable cap right now.

And yet, they are the Clippers. Doing Clipper things.

Like celebrating Black History Month on March 2. After Black History Month has ended (it’s February). You can see the ad to the right. (Hat tip to Deadspin).

Yes, the Clippers were on the road a lot in February. Yes, underprivileged youth are helped (although as Deadspin points out, if children just show up and go to a table to get tickets as proposed, how do you know their economic status?). I get that. It’s still an embarrassment to do it in March when there were February home dates.

You know why things like this happen, why this whole Clipper success could fall apart? Because they have the worst owner in sports. A man who has been sued for prejudicial rental procedures in the numerous apartment buildings he owns (a lawsuit he didn’t fight with nearly the vigor he did trying to keep Mike Dunleavy from his guaranteed money after firing the former coach and GM). This is the same owner that heckled Baron Davis courtside. The guy who parades his friends through the Clippers locker rooms at points saying some horrid things. And frankly, the public stuff is the tip of an iceberg of stories that have not yet seen the light of day.

I want to think that the Clippers are a team on the rise. That this franchise is turning the corner and becoming exciting and relevant and will be for years to come. But history tells a very different story. These are the Clippers. And as long as they keep doing Clippers things I’ll keep expecting the wheels to fall off sooner or later.

  1. digitalpoo - Feb 28, 2011 at 3:03 PM

    You’re scraping the bottom of the barrel on this one.

  2. savocabol1 - Feb 28, 2011 at 3:59 PM

    It is more embarrasing that they have two white guys on the cover

    • tubal22 - Feb 28, 2011 at 10:59 PM

      Black is 1/2 black. His mom is white, his dad is black.

      • savocabol1 - Mar 1, 2011 at 8:43 AM

        I know, it was a joke. But thanks for clarifying it.

  3. thestudiokida - Feb 28, 2011 at 5:43 PM

    I love insinuating that black people are underprivileged. This ad doesn’t make any sense. It says they’re celebrating black history month in March, that they’re letting in underprivileged kids for free (what’s the connection to black history month and how will they know that a child is underprivileged), and they show a couple white guys on the cover… one of which is a well known racist.

    To ad injury to insult they make it very clear that you’ll still be paying for something since child must have an adult and they must buy their own ticket? What if the kid is so underprivileged that he is homeless and lives outside the stadium?

  4. goforthanddie - Feb 28, 2011 at 5:51 PM

    Christ, look at the bright side: March has 3 more days to celebrate. I’m surprised black folks haven’t been bitching for years that “their” month is the shortest.

    • hollywood26 - Mar 1, 2011 at 10:53 AM

      Actually you must not have black friends because it’s been commented on for years.

  5. whatagreatfootballmind - Mar 1, 2011 at 12:41 AM

    leave it to the clippers

  6. dysraw1 - Mar 1, 2011 at 8:24 AM

    thats because blackness is & should be celebrated year round, i would never let anyone tell me when i should love myself

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