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Oscar vs. Floyd II? De La Hoya Wants Clippers, Too

BY The Sweet Science ON April 29, 2014
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THE GOLDEN BOY HIMSELF WANTS TO TAKE TO THE COURT; OSCAR DE LA HOYA INTERESTED IN BUYING A PIECE OF; THE LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS

LOS ANGELES (April 29) - While still actively promoting the sport he loves, boxing great and President of Golden Boy Promotions Oscar De La Hoya also wants to throw his hat into a different arena, making it known Tuesday night of his desire to own a piece of the NBA's Los Angeles Clippers franchise.

"The league has made it known that it wants more minorities involved, and as a proud Mexican-American, I will bring a different perspective to the NBA in general, and the Clippers in particular," said De La Hoya. "I was born and raised in Los Angeles, I know what it takes to run a successful sports entity and nothing would make me happier than to bring an NBA Championship home to Southern California sports fans."

A 1992 U.S. Olympic Gold medalist, East LA's De La Hoya went on to a storied professional boxing career that earned him a place in the International Boxing Hall of Fame's Class of 2014. In addition, De La Hoya founded and built Golden Boy Promotions into boxing's premier promotional company. However, he has his sights set on more, and if he becomes an owner of the Clippers, he will join fellow 1992 Olympic Gold medalists Magic Johnson and Michael Jordan as athletes turned professional sports team owners.

De La Hoya continued, saying, "I applaud NBA Commissioner Adam Silver for his quick and decisive action regarding in the Donald Sterling situation, and his forward thinking will push the league toward a positive future. There is no room for racism and unfair treatment in any professional sport, or in life in general. I hope to be a part of positive change for the league."

EDITOR NOTE: On the same day, Floyd "Money" Mayweather expressed interest in putting together a crew to purchase the basketball team when (if?) it is wrested from the control of owner Donald Sterling, now trying to dig himself out after being outed for spewing racist garbage, part of a long-time pattern for him.

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The Shadow says:

Oscar is starting to sound desperate, not to mention he's oblivious to the fact that his brand equity has taken an enormous hit.

It's one thing to screw up and be a liability when you're a cash cow. You will be forgiven quickly. When you're a businessman, it's a little different.

I feel bad for the employees who now have to choose sides. This just has to be super uncomfortable.

"Monica! Monica! Send out a release that I want to buy the Clippers!"

"But Oscar, Floyd just said him, Al and Richard are going to get investors to put down a bid."

"Doesn't matter, do it anyway! It's good for boxing, I love boxing! And make sure you write that I started and built Golden Boy."

What's funny is that we might hear a quip from Bob Arum supporting this or even stating he might join in as minority owner!

At the end of the day, this soap opera as well as this Clipper story is just turning out to be a subplot for the PPV that will result in more PPV sales for the principals involved.

And Don Sterling? He'll be laughing all the way to the bank.

He bought the team for $12m. Now it's worth as much as $575m, according to Forbes.

That Sterling sure knows how to make a sterling Sterling.

The Shadow says:

(FWIW, I wasn't offended by his remarks. You can say whatever you want in private and it's not as if a guy like the Cav's Gilbert doesn't feel the EXACT same way. I'm just glad it's in the open and we don't pretend like it doesn't exist.

However, when you look at emotional turbulence of a private conversation, you have a problem when relaying that to the sanity of public discourse.

The old white man with the young, hot Black/Mexican piece of a$$ had a moment of insecurity where he clearly felt threatened by Magic, HIV or not, and other tall, muscular, handsome superstar athletes who are everything he's not. He was just upset over this sinister woman -- remember, he'll hath no fury!! -- who was pushing his buttons.

It's like that Russian gold digger who got Mel Gibson in trouble. Or the lady that got Charlie Sheen so pissed he called her n*gger. Lol. That doesn't make him racist, that was just the worst word he could think of.

Furthermore, we all have people we don't like. It's ingrained in us by nature. Social psychologists call it "outgroups." Sometimes the categorizer of the "outgroup" is skin color. Other times it's alma mater. Most times it's completely irrational. Nevertheless, it's deeply ingrained into our psyches, embedded into our cores and that will never, ever change.

Ingroup-outgroup dynamics is at the core of social psychology and the soil in which bigotry can flourish. In Don's case, I think his hegemenous relationship with his players, which crudely just sounds like racism, is more a matter of several factors combined; billionaire-millionaire, white-black, old-young, owner-player, businessman-athlete.

It would be weird if they didn't look at the players like money-printing thoroughbreds. That's essentially what they are.

That said, if you're owner in a league populated by about 80% black people, you keep those feelings secret no matter who you speak to. If not, you gotta go. But let's not pretend he's the only one...)

deepwater2 says:

The nba was good for suspending this old demented man but he has been rotten since the beginning .that hooker that taped him sure is shady. He must be senile failing for that one. He has been sued many times and has said racist things in the past with no repercussions . I can't believe the guy talked about the way black Jews are treated due the Jewish belief of the Hamitic curse . For those that don't know Google Hamitic curse. It is the crazy belief that on Noah's ark , Noah's son ham had sex with a dog. As a punishment god turned hams descendant,s skin black.
As a boxing fan I root for Oscar de la Hoya and hope he can mend things with arum and give us the best fights. Swiss chess banker is just a banker and not a boxing person. Who can be a fan of Swiss cheese? His feelings are hurt so he acts like a hurt child and holds his breath and refuses to do business with arum. That is not good for the fight game . Talking is the first step in negotiations . Let Swiss cheese go with Haymon and TMT . TMT is nothing without an active mayweather.

dino da vinci says:

Oh I assure you that whoever inherits this team could pass the rigid standards of getting a gaming license...in heaven.

brownsugar says:

Sterling may sell Floyd or Del LA Hoya the team ...as long as he doesn't have to be seen with them in a public place.
This guy is dates a black/Mexican chick ... Own a basketball team with 80% minorities and is embarrassed that his gold digging mistress is seen in public with Magic Johnson.
But he doesn't care if his wife sees him on TV with the side chick.

How could some one be so wealthy and be so bankrupt of common sense and decency?

By the way ...the wife of the old wretch is suing the gold digger for the $1.8 million Sterling spent for her services...good luck with that.

deepwater2 says:

The old man is sick with dementia or poisoned with too much Viagra. he just ruined his family name forever. That girl looks like the tranny that used to sit with Richard and Oscar

Radam G says:

Forget all the crazies. I'm thinking us from the P-Islands buying the team. Oh, YUP! Da Manny has pull, heat and game. Holla!

The Commish says:

The late night talk show hosts are having a field day with this Sterling Benjamin mess. Shows ya: Don't put anything in writing or say anything over the phone or where you can be taped that you wouldn't normally say out in public. As for $$$May and Oscar de la Hoya owning a percentage of the Clippers, why not? Other former jocks own sports teams (Magic Johnson). Why not Oscar and Floyd?

-Randy G.

Radam G says:

[QUOTE=The Commish;51059]The late night talk show hosts are having a field day with this Sterling Benjamin mess. Shows ya: Don't put anything in writing or say anything over the phone or where you can be taped that you wouldn't normally say out in public. As for $$$May and Oscar de la Hoya owning a percentage of the Clippers, why not? Other former jocks own sports teams (Magic Johnson). Why not Oscar and Floyd?

-Randy G.[/QUOTE]

I'm dead serious. Don't forget Da Manny. Holla!

amayseng says:

[QUOTE=brownsugar;51046]Sterling may sell Floyd or Del LA Hoya the team ...as long as he doesn't have to be seen with them in a public place.
This guy is dating a black/Mexican chick ... Owns a basketball team with 80% minorities and is embarrassed because his gold digging mistress is seen in public with Magic Johnson.
But he doesn't care if his wife sees him on TV with the side chick.

How could some one be so wealthy and be so bankrupt of common sense and decency?

By the way ...the wife of the old wretch is suing the gold digger for the $1.8 million Sterling spent for her services...good luck with that.[/QUOTE]

This guy has been a racist idiot his whole life. I personally dont care what he says in his home.

I meet an idiot every single day, seriously, whether the idiot is a racist, ignorant or rude, they are still an idiot.

Hopkins said racist remarks and I still dig him, one of my favorites of all time.

Floyd said racist comments as well, all is forgiven and forgotten.

I am against racism just as I am against idiots. In today's day and age there are too many of both but I wont allow either of them to ruin my day or get me in an uproar.

brownsugar says:

[QUOTE=amayseng;51063]This guy has been a racist idiot his whole life. I personally dont care what he says in his home.

I meet an idiot every single day, seriously, whether the idiot is a racist, ignorant or rude, they are still an idiot.

Hopkins said racist remarks and I still dig him, one of my favorites of all time.

Floyd said racist comments as well, all is forgiven and forgotten.

I am against racism just as I am against idiots. In today's day and age there are too many of both but I wont allow either of them to ruin my day or get me in an uproar.[/QUOTE]


You are right Amayseng...you can't control how a person thinks....... It really wasn't offensive to me either because it was spoken in private by a guy who wanted his girl friend to fraternize with her black friends in secrecy..which is his personal problem..... He had no problem with her doing anything with blacks as long as she kept her activities hidden.

What is shocking is the sheer mendacity, hypocracy and ignorance of his type of mindset. How much practice I wonder, does it take to be that kind of a two-faced snake... Especially noting the fact that he earns a healthy income from minorities.

If we heard what everyone said in private probably nobody would be safe... But being so ignorant to the fact he was associating with someone who would record that very unsavory conversation and then expose him to the world is an even more frightening commentary on life.

But like they say... What goes around, comes around.

The Good Doctor says:

No chance for Oscar, Floyd, Schaefer, Arum or any of these guys to get an opportunity to buy the Clip joint. When you look at the people who are legitimately interested (David Geffen, Larry Ellison, Guggenheim Group), they don't have the pockets or expertise that their competition does for the team. It would be unbelievably interesting if they did wind up with it though.

amayseng says:

[QUOTE=brownsugar;51072]You are right Amayseng...you can't control how a person thinks....... It really wasn't offensive to me either because it was spoken in private by a guy who wanted his girl friend to fraternize with her black friends in secrecy..which is his personal problem..... He had no problem with her doing anything with blacks as long as she kept her activities hidden.

What is shocking is the sheer mendacity, hypocracy and ignorance of his type of mindset. How much practice I wonder, does it take to be that kind of a two-faced snake... Especially noting the fact that he earns a healthy income from minorities.

If we heard what everyone said in private probably nobody would be safe... But being so ignorant to the fact he was associating with someone who would record that very unsavory conversation and then expose him to the world is an even more frightening commentary on life.

But like they say... What goes around, comes around.[/QUOTE]


He is truly an idiotic hypocrite for sure.

The man employs blacks and has a black coach then has a problem with whoever that girl is associating with them. That may be more stupid than racist. As in his stupidity is so superior that it over rides being a racist prick.....

I of course condemn his actions, I just don't think such fools should get the attention.

dino da vinci says:

[QUOTE=The Commish;51059]The late night talk show hosts are having a field day with this Sterling Benjamin mess. Shows ya: Don't put anything in writing or say anything over the phone or where you can be taped that you wouldn't normally say out in public. As for $$$May and Oscar de la Hoya owning a percentage of the Clippers, why not? Other former jocks own sports teams (Magic Johnson). Why not Oscar and Floyd?

-Randy G.[/QUOTE]

Do you not recall where one of them spent their vacation recently, and for what?

The person who closes this deal will most likely be vanilla and lily-white, in a Hispanic, and/or black sort of way. Think about how ironic this could all end up being.

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