You know how we know there will be no shortage of interest in the Los Angeles Clippers if Donald Sterling is forced to sell the team? Because Malcolm from “Malcolm in the Middle” is on a long list of people who have already expressed a desire to buy the Clippers.
“I became a L.A. Clippers fan in 1994,” Muniz wrote. “How does a kid born in New Jersey, raised in North Carolina become a Clippers fan you may ask? Well, thank NBA Live ’95 on Super Nintendo for that. To be honest, they were the only team that I didn’t know who any of the players on the team were, so I didn’t mind deleting them and making myself, my mom, dad and my cats (Polly and Pete) the new starting lineup for the team on the game. From that day forward in 1994, I have been a die-hard Clippers fan.”
Muniz became a season ticket holder when “Malcolm in the Middle” was picked up and he moved from New Jersey to LA. He says he went to every Clippers home game from 2000-2008 and stuck with them even though they were LA’s other team. Like most others, he was “disgusted” by Sterling’s racist rant.
“I hope the fans come out and continue to support this team,” he wrote. “Help this team continue to win. Show that everyone, all races, genders, can come together and BEAT his racist remarks. I believe the longer the team can win, the more this will remain a conversation in which we can continue to learn from and teach to ALL generations that actions like his will not be acceptable.”
Could fantasy become reality? Muniz is believed to have a net worth of about $40 million. As Kevin Kaduk of Ball Don’t Lie reminded us, he famously told a Twitter heckler in 2010 that he had a $40 million retirement account at age 19. Muniz could probably afford to own a very small portion of the Clippers, but he’d be competing with NBA legends and boxing world champions. Don’t count on it.