USA Today- Before he bought the Los Angeles Clippers for $2 billion, Steve Ballmer was Microsoft’s 30th employee and its longtime CEO. Though he officially parted ways with the company in August to focus on his newest toy, Ballmer’s loyalties obviously still lie with the Washington company, which is why he plans on making the Clippers an Apple-free territory.
So in the wake of the Donald Sterling debacle the new owner is going to ban Apple products throughout the entire Los Angeles Clippers franchise. I see nooooo way this could go wrong. Take a franchise fresh off a race scandal and tell them what electronics they are allowed to have. I mean you own the players, right Steve? Why not? You clearly can tell them what to buy, and how to live their lives.
Listen dude, it's 2014. Telling someone they can't own the most popular phone on the planet is one of the most disrespectful things you can tell someone. There are parents that refuse to tell their 8 year old kids they can't have an iPhone. Most of these guys are glued to their Apple products. Their are lines that last hours and hours whenever a new product drops. There are easily more people in this country with iPhones than without iPhones. There is a 0% chance you are going to walk through the door and garner the players respect by taking their phones. Furthermore, It's not even legal. You can't just tell someone what they can and can't have. You can buy them a work phone I suppose. As far as I know, a boss can't tell his employees what to own, no matter how much he is paying them.
I do kind of respect it. Balls of steal. Day one, give me your phones. What is this, military training? Something tells me this guy has an authority complex. It's safe to say the Clipper's players are wary of old rich white dudes at the moment, might want to get on their good side first before force feeding them Microsoft products. A Microsoft phone? Is it 2001? I wouldn't be caught dead in public with that thing. Walk around LA with that thing and you would have homeless people judging you. Blake Griffin will slam dunk that thing through the Earth's core before he's seen texting on that abomination.
Hey Steve, just sit back and enjoy your winning team. Enjoy owning a sport's franchise. Don't over think this too much. If not being a racist dick is rule #1 of owning an NBA franchise then not touching a black man's phone is #2. I can't wait until week two when the players are already piling up their warm up jerseys at center court to boycott Microsoft.