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Taps Powerful Black Man

... to Run Clippers

5/9/2014 12:27 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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There's a new man in charge of the L.A. Clippers ... at least temporarily -- he's powerful, he's established and he's black. 

Dick Parsons -- the former head of both Time Warner and Citigroup -- has assumed the reigns of interim CEO of the Los Angeles Clippers ... in the wake of the lifetime suspension of Donald Sterling.

Commissioner Adam Silver made the announcement moments ago ... saying, "I believe the hiring of Dick Parsons will bring extraordinary leadership and immediate stability to the Clippers organization."

"Dick’s credentials as a proven chief executive speak for themselves and I am extremely grateful he accepted this responsibility."

Parsons also issued a statement ... saying, "Like most Americans, I have been deeply troubled by the pain the Clippers’ team, fans and partners have endured. A lifelong fan of the NBA, I am firmly committed to the values and principles it is defending, and I completely support Adam’s leadership in navigating the challenges facing the team and the league."

"The Clippers are a resilient organization with a brilliant coach and equally talented and dedicated athletes and staff who have demonstrated great strength of character during a time of adversity. I am honored to be asked to work with them, build on their values and accomplishments, and help them open a new, inspiring era for their team.

Parsons did not go into detail on his policy regarding posting photos of black people on Instagram ... but we're sure it's more liberal than Sterling's.

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1.

Barry Soetoro    

The Clippers will soon stop paying their bills and sleeping no until noon.

170 days ago
2.

Just My Opinion    

NO SURPRISE TO ME.

170 days ago
3.

Maire    

Has anyone checked him out to make sure he hasn't some tapes in his background disparaging any of the OTHER races, women, LGBT, the over weight, handicapped? And what will we get if we find or make some?

170 days ago
4.

BLUE UGLY 💩    

Sterling fcked up lol

170 days ago
5.

01void    

Should be a great person to manage this team and calm things down.

170 days ago
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Phil Mcl    

This has to be illegal. This is America. how can somebody force you to take somebody in to run your business. It seems very wrong to me and two wrong dose not make a right. And Dosen't his wife own 50% of the club dosen't she have any rights. And as long as she owns 50% there is no majority owner and no one can tell her what to do with her 1/2 of the team. This is a joke and a legal mess.

170 days ago
7.

HRH Prince Michael    

The Fix, is in.

Pharaoh, Feds, and ALL -Parsons, Time Warner- Fascist Allies: No excuses. No exceptions. No warnings.
NO DEFENSES.

170 days ago
8.

kgards    

This is so played out, I' d rather hear about beiber news. At least the racist baiting isn't involved.

170 days ago
9.

zombie    

So now the NBA can install whoever they want to run the team in a business that someone owns. Hmmmmm sounds like some other team owners better be scared by this turn of events. Pretty soon the team will be given away by the NBA without a dime exchanged. I am shocked Magic Johnson wasn't selected or would that have been too obvious since that was to be the plan all along?!

170 days ago
10.

Pimpcessa    

Ok, the man made a comment in his own home to his whore, and he has his business taken from him?? Something tells me this is not going to end well. This can't be legal. And if it is, just wait for people to start recording other people at their own homes, and getting them fired. this is not a good precedent to set.

170 days ago
11.

TRENDY    

This is racism...yes, i am black.

170 days ago
12.

Phil Mcl    

This has to be illegal, this is America how can someone that dosen't own your business appoint someone to run your business. There is definitely some thing wrong here.

170 days ago
13.

6one9    

WOW `` TMZ

Do ya have to point out that
the new dude
IS
Black!?!

REDIC``

170 days ago
14.

Bob    

I bet a video will come out showing this guy calling white people crackers

170 days ago
15.

Stiletto    

Nothing but pandering to the natives

170 days ago
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