Everyone around the Clippers knew that Donald Sterling was still Donald Sterling.
He had been steered away from serious involvement in the basketball operations side for several years. He had been kept out of the limelight as much as possible.
But everyone around the Clippers knew the man, knew the history, and knew that someday Mount Sterling could erupt in controversy and there would be a lot of damage and cleanup.
Blake Griffin knew it.
Speaking with GQ’s Zach Baron on a variety of topics (including comedy, dating in Los Angeles, the Lakers, LeBron in Cleveland, etc.), Griffin said he knew about Sterling’s racism from right before he got drafted but that he and the owner had little interaction.
“When the draft lottery came out and the Clippers said they were gonna draft me, I went to Google to find out more about the Clippers, because I didn’t know a lot," Griffin said. "And I was like, 'Okay, team owned by Donald Sterling.'
"So then I typed in 'Donald Sterling' in Google, and the first thing that pops up is 'Donald Sterling racist.' And I was like, 'Whoa!'
"So obviously I explored that, read a whole bunch of articles, read the deposition at one of his court cases..."
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