Just when we thought we could finally close the book on the Donald Sterling saga, we get another glimpse into just how much a freak the former LA Clippers owner was, thanks to Blake Griffin.
The imposing power forward and Clippers star has revealed just what it was like to play for Sterling, who was cast out of the National Basketball Association by commissioner Adam Silver and the other team owners after tape of a racist rant was leaked by TMZ.
Writing on The Players Tribune, Derek Jeter's new website for athletes to write about their experiences, Griffin reveals how Sterling made him attend an 'All White' party in Malibu where Sterling was the only one wearing all black, before Griffin was dragged around the party by his hand by Sterling and introduced to everyone like some sort of prize.
Griffin also revealed in the piece that Sterling hired two models that he dressed up skimpily and paraded Blake around with.
"I looked at Sterling. He had a big dumb grin on his face," Griffin wrote.
Griffin went on to say that when he first joined the Clippers as the number one pick in the draft, he decided to Google who he'd be playing for and the first result for Sterling was "Donald Sterling Racist."
"I read an article on how he didn’t want minorities to live in his apartment buildings. My first thought was, Wow this guy is really, really a racist … how is he an owner of an NBA team?
My second thought was, Wow, these articles are from 2003 and 2008. I guess everybody already knows about this stuff and just doesn’t care."
Griffin then wrote about how he first realized Sterling was a nutjob. He remembers a regular season game where Baron Corbin was sent to the line to shoot free-throws. Then, in the middle of complete crowd quiet, Sterling popped up and starting shouting and sledging his own player.
The Ballmer Era
Whilst Sterling is out - and thank God for it - in comes Steve Ballmer, who thankfully is weird in a good way. The billionaire who made his money at Microsoft has bought an enthusiasm to the team which is so obvious in the way he shouts and jumps and chest bumps his players.
The LA Clippers are now on the rise and will be a force to be reckoned with, you know finally having an owner that will spend money goes a long way.