The National Basketball Association has named former Citigroup chairman and former Time Warner chairman and CEO Dick Parsons the interim CEO of the Los Angeles Clippers, effective immediately, it was announced by Commissioner Adam Silver.
Parsons is currently a senior advisor at Providence Equity Partners and sits on the board of directors for the Commission on Presidential Debates.
“I believe the hiring of Dick Parsons will bring extraordinary leadership and immediate stability to the Clippers organization,” said Silver. “Dick’s credentials as a proven chief executive speak for themselves and I am extremely grateful he accepted this responsibility.”
Parsons comes in as the Black “Mr Fix-It” minority piece that Silver and the NBA hopes can stop the public relations nightmare caused by Donald Sterling’s racist rants about Black people coming to “his” games.
It not only hurt the NBA’s image with Black people, but has set off a barrage of comments and out loud wondering how far we have not come with race in America and has been feeding the debate about how much rich White owners in sport really appreciate Black dollars and Black support for their teams..
Silver is thinking that adding a Black face to the mix will silence critics and quell any further thoughts of boycotts or marches against the NBA by Black players or fans.
“Effective immediately” allegedly is the code words for “y’all be happy and you don’t need to be talking about Donald Sterling anymore because he has been replaced by one of your own.” But, the question is Is he really one of us?
Parsons on his new position set out to carry Commissioner Silver’s priorities right away by marching to the NBA drumbeat.
“Like most Americans, I have been deeply troubled by the pain the Clippers’ team, fans and partners have endured,” said Parsons. “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.”
After attending the University of Hawaii, where he played basketball, Parsons earned a law degree from Albany Law School in 1971 and began his distinguished legal career as a staff lawyer for New York Governor Nelson Rockefeller. When Rockefeller was appointed Vice President of the United States, Parsons followed him to Washington, where he also worked closely with President Gerald Ford.
Parsons returned to New York in 1977 and became a partner and ultimately managing partner of the law firm of Patterson, Belknap, Webb & Tyler.
In 1988, Parsons left his law firm to become president and then chairman and CEO of Dime Bancorp, Inc.
Parsons began his long and distinguished career at Time Warner in 1995, joining as president and then becoming chairman and CEO from 2002 until 2008. In 2009, after retiring from Time Warner, he served as chairman of Citigroup until stepping down from that position in 2012. Parsons’ extensive list of accomplishments also includes having served as a member of President Barack Obama’s economic advisory team.
It has been reported, now you decide….