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Baron Davis Reportedly Heckled by Clippers' Owner Donald Sterling

Dec 13, 2010 – 2:50 PM
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Brett Pollakoff

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Baron Davis, Donald SterlingThere are plenty of sports fans who live by the belief that because they paid good money for a ticket, that entitles them to yell a variety of insulting comments at the players -- within reason, of course.

If that theory holds true, then it should hold true for the owners as well, considering how much money they pay out in players' salaries. But just because an owner can do this, doesn't mean he should, and common sense would dictate that he would especially want to refrain from doing so to the players on his own team.

Unfortunately, common sense and the Clippers haven't gone together for decades, and that's exactly why the story of Donald Sterling heckling his own players -- namely Baron Davis, the highest paid on the team -- should really come as no surprise.

Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports has the details, and they're as ridiculous as you might expect.

Sterling reportedly began the practice of chiding Clippers players from his courtside seat sometime last season, although Davis seems to be getting the worst of it this year. Sterling was quoted as saying to Davis, "Why are you in the game?" "Why did you take that shot?" and "You're out of shape!"

Despite the fact that Sterling may occasionally have a point about the conditioning and the shot selection, publicly chastising Davis for it probably isn't the correct course of action.

As you might imagine, Davis isn't exactly happy about the situation.

"There's nothing I can say," Davis said of being heckled by Sterling. "I have no comment on that. You just get to this point where it's a fight every day. It's a fight. You're fighting unnecessary battles. I'm fighting unnecessary battles."

Sterling was given the opportunity to defend his actions, but didn't go into specifics.

"When they make shots, it's great," Sterling said. "When they don't, we're all disappointed."

This certainly isn't the first time Sterling has done something that most would consider over-the-line, and actually, he's done far worse in handling business matters unrelated to the Clippers. But this behavior directly impacts the way his players perform on the court, and not in the way he would hope.

In fact, Sterling's comments are likely to have exactly the opposite of the desired effect.
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