Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers is optimistic about the team’s upcoming season. HipHollywood caught up with Rivers at the 14th annual Pump Brothers Gala to talk about the team’s motivation coming off one of the biggest scandal’s of the NBA.
“Hopefully it’s all over, but we will be good,” Rivers told us. “We are ready to be good. It’s time for us to be good is the way I look at it.”
On Tuesday morning, it was announced that Steve Ballmer is officially the Clippers new owner. Attorney Adam Streisand said that the former Microsoft CEO’s bid to purchase the Clippers closed “following weeks of legal wrangling between the team’s previous owner, billionaire Donald Sterling and his estranged wife, Shelly.”
“It’s very, very exciting. I’m a basketball nut,” Baller told ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne. “I’ve got time. I love Los Angeles. I love Seattle, too, which is where we have our home. But the notion of spending a lot of time in Los Angeles has been exciting to me for years. The community down there is great. I look forward to supporting the community, the fan base, the staff, Doc [Rivers] and the players to take this thing to higher heights.”
Former Clippers owner Donald Sterling was banned from the NBA and essentially forced to sell the team after he was caught making disparaging comments about Black people.
Exclusive: Sorry, Folks, Diddy Did NOT Offer H&M Model A Contract
Last week rumors started circulating that Diddy had offered Liam Mango, the young model featured in the H&M ad a Sean John modeling contract. Unfortunately those reports, as sweet as they sound, aren’t true.
Diddy spoke to reporters backstage before a tapping of his new show The Four and clarified what really happened.
“I didn’t actually offer a modeling contract to him I told my people to reach out to him so we could use him in the next shoot that we do,” he explained. “But with that being said, I think that what we’re seeing is just a general insensitivity to how we feel you know. I think that H&M is going to feel the results of that.”
H&M has issued an official apology for featuring Mango on their website in a “Coolest Monkey In The Jungle” hoodie, saying in a statement : “We sincerely apologize for offending people with this image of a printed hooded top. The image has been removed from all online channels and the product will not be for sale in the United States. We believe in diversity and inclusion in all that we do and will be reviewing all our internal policies accordingly to avoid any future issues.”
After photos of the young boy hit the web, folks started speaking out against the retailer calling them racist and insensitive. But one person not feeling that way was Mango’s mother. She posted her thoughts Facebook questioning what all the fuss is about. “I really don’t understand but not coz am choosing not to but because it’s not my way of thinking, sorry.”
She and the boys father Terry Odhiambo have since had a change of heart appearing on ITV on Monday, saying they don’t think that there’s ever an “overreaction when it comes to racism”.
They also said they’ve had to move from their home in Sweden, and haven’t been able to live a normal life since the controversy started.
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