Who is he? He is Darrell Bailey, the number one Clipper Fan. He is known to many of his fellow season ticket holders and many NBA fans around the world as Clipper Darrell. He is a fixture at Clipper home games, and many away games. His total consecutive home game attendance is 386. Clipper Darrell has been keeping busy with increasing interview demands, appearances, and various charity events. He has already been interviewed on AM 1540 The Ticket, AM 570 KLAC, AM 710 ESPN, Power 106 Big Boy in the Morning, and KROQ 106.7 Kevin & Bean’s show, as well as appearances on ESPN First Take, KABC TV’s Sports Zone with Rob Fukzaki, and The Sports Report with Fred Roggin.
How he became a Clipper fan. Darrell was working for a guy who eventually fired him. The guy looked him in his eyes and told him that he would never be anything in life without him. Darrell went home feeling sorry for himself. He sat on the couch, turned on the TV and the Clipper game came on. The announcers ridiculed the organization but after watching a poor display of basketball Darrell decided he was going to be a Clipper fan and said to himself, “This is going to be my team and we are going to ride and die together!”
Best experience as a fan. Darrell went to the airport to wish the team good luck before playing Phoenix in the second round of the playoffs. Mr. Sterling, (owner of the Clippers), ask if he was going to the game. Darrell told him yes and that he was driving over with a few friends. Mr. Sterling asks if he would like to ride on the team flight. Darrell was shocked. Next thing you know Clipper Darrell is on the plane.
Mark Cuban. Dallas Maverick’s owner Mark Cuban was impressed recently when he came to a Los Angeles Clippers game. Not by what happened on the court, but by one particularly booming voice in the stands. Cuban approached Clipper Darrell and offered him a job: move to Dallas and become the Mavericks number one fan. “He offered me a job in Dallas, to do the same thing I do for the Clippers,” said Bailey, whose day job is as an automobile customizer and salesman. He came up to me at the (Jan. 12) game and told me that he loves what I do. “That shocked me.” Bailey, 39, was born and raised in Los Angeles and said he never has been to Texas. Often standing in the aisle next to his seat, the 5-foot-5 Bailey is known for leading the cheer, “Let’s go Clippers,” and for his U G L Y “You don’t have no alibi,” jeer at opposing free-throw shooters. “I’m still loyal to the Clippers,” Bailey said. “That’s my team. But it isn’t every day that a billionaire knocks on your door. I had to fly out and listen.”