Frankie Muniz Pens Passionate Facebook Post in Support of L.A. Clippers, Slams Donald Sterling
The former "Malcolm in the Middle" star, a longtime "die-hard" fan, writes that he's "disgusted" by the owner's remarks but hopes fans won't boycott the team.
Former Malcolm in the Middle star Frankie Muniz hit Facebook on Tuesday night to plead with basketball fans not to boycott the Los Angeles Clippers amid the Donald Sterling scandal.
His post came just hours after team owner Sterling was banned from the NBA for life and fined $2.5 million following racist and inflammatory statements he made regarding black people, including Magic Johnson.
Muniz -- a longtime "die-hard" Clippers fan -- says he first started following the team in 1994 while playing NBA Live '95 on Super Nintendo. (He chose the team because it was the only one in which he didn't know who any of the players were, so he didn't mind deleting them to create new players.) After moving to L.A. from New Jersey when he got the Malcolm job, he says he became a season-ticket holder and went to every game during the 2000-2008 seasons and begged producers to adjust his shooting schedule around the Clippers schedule.
"I am a Clippers fan," he wrote. "I've never been a fan of the owner. I never wanted the team to win for the owner. I am a fan of the players, the coaches, and I root for the team to win for the fans. Clipper Nation. I root for the team to win for themselves. For their dreams and aspirations."
Muniz added that he is "disgusted" by Sterling's comments and thinks his punishment was "well warranted."
"In no way, shape or form is what he said acceptable and definitely should not be tolerated by anyone," he wrote.
Muniz added that he feels bad for the players, coaches and staff.
"I feel bad that although the things said by Donald Sterling do not reflect their personal views, they are unfortunately having to be associated with his despicable, hurtful words," he wrote. "I'm also devastated for all the fans. Being a Clippers fan has never been easy, but this has tarnished the joy this season has brought to the fans who have stuck behind this team through thick and thin."
He also encouraged NBA fans to end any calls to boycott the team and made a plea with them to continue supporting the team.
"When I see #BoycottClippers trending, it hurts," he wrote. "When you boycott the Clippers, Donald Sterling is not the only one to suffer. The players do, the coaches do, all the Clippers staff does. The people working at the arena, selling hot dogs, taking tickets … they suffer too. They shouldn't. Mr. Sterling should and we can only hope that the sanctions passed down onto him will cause that suffering."
He added: "I hope the fans come out and continue to support this team. 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."