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Blake Griffin Knew About Donald Sterling’s Racist History Before he was Drafted

Blake Griffin was the 1st pick by the Los Angeles Clippers in 2008 and according to him, he knew that the team that drafted him had a racist owner. We are all very aware of what happened with Donald Sterling getting banned for life due to racist comments this summer but Griffin gives us a different side to the story:

And I was like, “Okay, team owned by Donald Sterling.” So then I typed in “Donald Sterling” in Google, and the first thing that pops up is “Donald Sterling racist.” And I was like, “Whoa!” So obviously I explored that, read a whole bunch of articles, read the deposition at one of his court cases. Which was awesome, if you ever have time to read some of the depositions. [laughs]

It was unfortunate. I mean, for me, like I said, the first thing I ever Googled about the man, the first thing that popped up was “racist.” So I was aware. I hate to say this, and it might sound ignorant, but I wasn’t surprised that all this came up. Not necessarily the manner in which it was said, or the exact things, but like I said: This was my first impression of him.

Credit to the original owner for the photo.

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