So far, so good, Derek Jeter. Blake Griffin is now the second athlete to voice their thoughts on the newly retired MLB star’s budding media platform, The Player’s Tribune.
The new website, created by Jeter, launched on October 01, and sports fans have been patiently waiting to read fresh blogs from professional athletes. Griffin, the starting NBA power forward for the Los Angeles Clippers, wrote a story about his eccentric relationship with Donald Sterling, his team’s former owner and an accused racist.
— The Players’ Tribune (@PlayersTribune) October 16, 2014
In Griffin’s post, he tells a story about when he was first drafted into the NBA and Sterling threw an “All White” party at his place in Malibu. Griffin then goes on to describe how everything at the party was the color white, and how Sterling would not let go of his hand as he led him through the home introducing him to all of his guests repeating, “‘Everyone, have you met our newest star? This is Blake! He was the number one pick in the entire NBA draft. Number one! Blake, where are you from?”
Griffin also compared Sterling to the team’s new owner, Steve Ballmer. After expressing how disgusting it was that Sterling’s racist past and poor behavior as an owner wasn’t scrutinized enough by the media, Griffin then went on to share how excited he is to go into a new season with a new coach.
It’s little bit ironic to me that the media has tried to turn Ballmer into a meme when they turned a blind eye to Sterling for years. Steve is a good dude. He’s like a cool dad who gives you candy. Donald was like a weird uncle.
Sterling was banned from NBA and forced to sell the Clippers after recordings of him making racist remarks towards African-Americans were released to the public. Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer bought the Clippers for $2 billion this summer.