Blake Giffin is finally opening up about the creepy antics of former Clippers owner, Donald Sterling.
In an interview with The Player’s Tribune, Blake opens up about his first encounters with Sterling after having been drafted by the Clippers. Blake says that he attended one of Sterlings all white parties and was endlessly led around the party by Donald who held his hand like an “elderly women.”
At one point, Blake says that he tried to get out of Donald’s eyesight, but was put in a very awkward situation:
“I was hoping to escape down the stairs, find one of my teammates and blend in with the rest of the crowd. I tried to pull my hand away. Nope. Things were about to get weirder. Two blonde models showed up on either side of me. They had clearly been hired for the event. I knew this because they were wearing size XXXX-L Clippers T-shirts tied at the stomach. I looked at Sterling. He had a big dumb grin on his face. I looked at one of the girls, as if to say, ‘Uhhh, you don’t have to do this.’ She looked back: ‘Uhhh, yes I do.'”
In the interview, Blake also recalls googling Sterling’s name the moment that he found out that he was getting drafted and seeing that it was attached to a whole bunch of racism cases. “As players, we’re not supposed to really care about anything but basketball,” he stated. “We’re just supposed to perform. To be honest, I didn’t ever really think about bringing up Sterling’s past. What was I supposed to do? Just picture me at the press conference my rookie year. ‘Uh … hey, guys, before we talk about today’s game, did you happen to see that investigative report on my owner?'”
Griffin later refers to Donald as a “weird uncle” and closes by stating the following:
“Someone asked me the other day if I’m mad that he made out with $2 billion for selling the team. Maybe a little bit. But in the end, I’m just happy he’s gone. I think about him pulling me around the White Party in Malibu, and a saying comes to mind: “Some people are so poor, all they have is their money.”