“Malcolm in the Middle” star Frankie Muniz is (practically) a lifelong fan of the Los Angeles Clippers. Now that it appears there’s an opening in the leadership, with owner Donald Sterling has been banned from the NBA for life, and Muniz wants to step in and buy the basketball team.
The actor/racecar driver/drummer wrote a long statement on his Facebook page detailing his long history of loving the team, crediting the Super Nintendo game “NBA Live ’95” for sparking his love of the underdogs.
“When ‘Malcolm In The Middle’ was picked up and I officially moved from New Jersey to Los Angeles, I became a season ticket holder and made it to every game during the 2000-2008 seasons,” until he moved to Phoenix, Ariz. in 2008. Muniz writes. “I remember begging the producers of ‘Malcolm’ to move my filming schedule around to make sure I could be out in time to make the games. Crazy, but I didn’t want to miss a minute of it.”
Although he says he’s “disgusted” by Sterling and his actions and comments — Sterling allegedly told his girlfriend not to associate with black people — Muniz doesn’t want fans to boycott the team.
“When you boycott the Clippers, Donald Sterling is not the only 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. I hope the fans come out and continue to support this team.”
There’s no mention of the tweet he subsequently posted a few hours later, saying that he wanted to buy the team.
I am buying the Los Angeles Clippers.
— Frankie Muniz (@frankiemuniz) April 29, 2014