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Donald Sterling reportedly was racist against JJ Redick for being white

JJ Redick ClippersDonald Sterling doesn’t just have a racist attitude towards black people; his racist stereotypes apparently work both ways.

You may recall last summer that the Clippers acquired JJ Redick and Jared Dudley as part of a three-team trade where they also gave up Eric Bledsoe. The Clippers were hesitant to do the deal supposedly because Sterling would not sign off on it. The thinking was that Sterling did not want to give up Bledsoe.

While that part appears to be true, Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski reports that another aspect of his reluctance to do the trade was because he did not want to pay a lot of money for a white player.

Here’s what Woj wrote:

Mostly, he’s never loved paying white players. In that way, he has an absolute plantation prism with which he sees players: He always preferred long, strong, physical players. To him, that’s a basketball player: Big, black and strong.

When Sterling became reluctant to honor Rivers’ sign-and-trade agreement for J.J. Redick, there was a belief race played a factor. As one league source said, “He thought it was too much to pay for a white player.”

Yes, Sterling didn’t want to so easily part with Eric Bledsoe, despite Rivers telling him they could never afford to pay Bledsoe in restricted free agency next summer. That was part of it, yes, but those who knew Sterling – who had history with him – believed largely that his disdain for paying $7 million per year for a white player caused him pause.

On Sunday Clippers coach Doc Rivers spoke about his team’s reaction to Sterling’s racist comments and mentioned that Redick was just as upset as anyone else on the team over the remarks. Now we know he has every reason to be just as upset; he apparently was a target of Sterling’s prejudiced thinking as well.

JJ Redick snubbed on handshake by DeMarcus Cousins, has classic reaction

JJ Redick DeMarcus Cousins handshakeDeMarcus Cousins seems to have some sort of a no-handshake policy going for his Sacramento Kings when they play the Los Angeles Clippers.

On Friday night, Clippers guard JJ Redick extended his hand to give Cousins a shake in the first half, and Cousins straight up snubbed him. Redick just gives a classic “what the heck is his problem?” face, which was perfect.

Cousins was called for a loose ball foul when Redick fell to the floor trying to get a rebound, which probably explains why he was in no mood to shake his opponent’s hand.

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JJ Redick calls abortion contract story a lie, denies getting Vanessa Lopez pregnant

JJ Redick BucksJ.J. Redick lashed out at the media via his Twitter account on Wednesday in response to a story that went viral on Tuesday about him having an “abortion contract” with an ex-girlfriend.

On Tuesday, Media Takeout posted photos of a purported 2007 legal agreement between Redick and Orlando model Vanessa Lopez. The terms of the agreement dictated that Lopez provide Redick proof that she terminated a pregnancy. The agreement called for Redick and Lopez to date for a year and Redick to pay Lopez $25,000 if their attempted relationship did not work out.

[See: JJ Redick's abortion contract with ex-girlfriend Vanessa Lopez]

Redick, who has been married to his current wife since 2010, called the reports “outrageous, false and malicious.” Here are his tweets:

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JJ Redick had abortion contract with ex-girlfriend Vanessa Lopez

JJ Redick BucksEarly in his NBA career, JJ Redick was involved in a nasty legal situation with Orlando model Vanessa Lopez. Several years later, we’re finally learning what the matter was all about — the two actually had an abortion contract.

Media Takeout obtained legal documents from 2007 showing that Redick, who was entering his second NBA season when he signed the contract, had an abortion agreement with Lopez, who is a well known NBA groupie.

Redick, who is listed as Jonathan C. Redick in the documents (his real name is Jonathan Clay Redick), demanded to see medical proof that Lopez terminated her pregnancy. According to terms of the agreement, Redick agreed to attempt to have a relationship with Lopez for at least a year so long as she showed proof of the abortion. Redick agreed to pay Lopez $25,000 if their relationship did not work out after a year.

Here is what a portion of the agreement looked like via Media Takeout:

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JJ Redick: I have not spoken to Jim Boylan during the playoffs

JJ-Redick-BucksThe Milwaukee Bucks stood little to no chance against the Miami Heat to begin with heading into the first round of the playoffs, but they might as well pack their bags now. Miami took a commanding 3-0 series lead with a 104-91 win in Milwaukee on Thursday night. If it wasn’t already over, it is now.

One of the lone bright spots on the night for the Bucks was JJ Redick, who scored 11 points in the first half alone and finished the night 3-for-6 from three-point range. After scoring only six points on 1-for-6 shooting in Game 1, Redick was given only eight minutes of playing time in Game 2.

For whatever reason, Milwaukee coach Jim Boylan has shied away from Redick. Before Game 3, Boylan said he told Redick to keep shooting with confidence and his shots will fall. Redick doesn’t remember it that way.

“Jim never talked to me,” Redick told reporters, via the Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel. “He didn’t say anything to me. I haven’t spoken to him during the playoffs. I did not get that message.

“I don’t need anybody telling me to be confident. I would have appreciated it. It wasn’t a matter of Jim or my dad or my wife or God saying be confident. Be on the court, take your shots. They’ll be there.”

That sounds like trouble. After averaging 28.7 minutes and 12.3 points per game with the Bucks during the regular season, Redick has been limited to just 13.7 minutes per game in the postseason. Milwaukee has lost each game by 12 or more points, so whatever Boylan has been trying to do against LeBron James and company has not worked.

While there is probably nothing Boylan would be able to do to put his team in a position to knock off the defending champs, you can understand Redick’s frustration. He can’t keep shooting if he’s not on the floor. Between Redick’s comments and that brief tweet Brandon Jennings sent at the beginning of the month, it’s easy to get the impression that there is a lot of disconnect between Boylan and his players.

JJ Redick: I’ll be surprised when Dwight Howard starts taking responsibility

JJ-Redick-Dwight-Howard-MagicDwight Howard attempted to improve his public image by sitting down for a recent interview with KCAL/CBSLA, but the Los Angeles Lakers center may have actually done the opposite. Howard has angered a lot of his former teammates by saying the Orlando Magic was a team “full of people nobody wanted” and that he led it with a smile on his face. JJ Redick is one of those former teammates.

“I’m not surprised by it,” Redick told ESPNLosAngeles.com Wednesday. “I would be more surprised when Dwight starts taking responsibility. That would be the most negative thing I can say, but that’s the truth.

“You can’t take all the credit and not accept any of the blame.”

Jameer Nelson ripped Howard for the comment on Wednesday, and Rashard Lewis also seems to have taken offense to it.

“We helped Dwight become the player he was,” Lewis told the Orlando Sentinel on Wednesday. “We made a good run. Hell, look at those (conference and division) banners hanging in the stands. They don’t say Dwight Howard on them …”

Realizing that his interview has gained so much negative attention, Howard attempted to clear the air.

“My statement was just to say that our team that I played with in Orlando, we were the underdogs,” Howard said after the Lakers’ win on Wednesday night. “Nobody really talked about our team. It was underrated. Everybody overlooked us for the whole time I was there in Orlando and I hated that. We all hated that. We thrived off that. My comments were never to say anything disrespectful to those guys. Those were my teammates for years. They helped me become the player that I am today and we all got to the Finals because of that.

“It was never intended to disrespect or downgrade any of those guys. I would always tell them I wouldn’t trade them for the world. That’s how I viewed it. For the most part, those guys know that. They know who I am and they probably just heard something and people twisted it and turned it in different ways. I’m not that kind of guy. I would never disrespect those guys. It just kind of got blown out of proportion.”

If Dwight’s former teammates really knew he had their back, they would have defended him and said the comments got blown out of proportion. Instead, many of them were angered by it. In my opinion, that says all you need to know.

JJ Redick went to a Justin Bieber concert: ‘A happy wife is a happy life’

Justin-Bieber-sunglassesIf Orlando Magic guard JJ Redick was a fan of Justin Bieber, he would not be the first grown man to have come down with a case of Bieber Fever. The Biebs typically appeals to young girls between the ages of 8 and 15, but there are many exceptions. Redick may have attended Bieber’s concert at the Amway Center in Orland last week, but he insists it was not his choice.

“A happy wife is a happy life,” Redick told the Orlando Sentinel. “I have a general rule that if I have an off-day during the season that I owe it to her to do what she wants unless it’s harmful to my well-being. Her and her friends wanted to go.”

Sure thing, bro. Redick said he is not a Bieber fan and that he prefers Indie rock.

“I do not have Bieber Fever,” Redick added, via the Orlando Sentinel’s Josh Robbins. “But I will say that I respect talent. I always respect talent. I’m not a hater. So I’m not a Bieber hater or anything like that. He at one point played acoustic guitar, the drums, the piano. He sang melodies. He sang love songs. He sang pop songs. He sang a rap song at one point. He danced like he was a puppet. I mean, it was incredible. So I have nothing against his talent. It’s just not my taste in music at all.”

He was also asked about Australian teen pop singer Cody Simpson, who opened up for Bieber.

“I don’t know who Cody Simpson is,” he explained. “We got there as he was kind of finishing up his last song. I just know he had a great head of hair and was wearing a wifebeater, and the teenage girls seemed to really love him.”

We all do some things we don’t enjoy to please our significant others, but JJ has teen pop fan written all over him. If college football recruits like this dude and MLB pitchers can admit they have Bieber Fever, there’s nothing to be ashamed of. If Redick didn’t like it, he would have let his wife go with her friends instead of tagging along. We know how it goes.

Chest bump to Ball Don’t Lie