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.