Ex-GM Baylor Sues Clippers for Discrimination

By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 12, 2009 2:52 PM CST
Elgin Baylor.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – NBA Hall of Famer and former Los Angeles Clippers general manager Elgin Baylor has sued the team, alleging that owner Donald Sterling had a “vision of a Southern plantation-type structure,” the Los Angles Times reports. The suit claims Sterling often talked about “poor black kids” and at one point said he hoped the team would consist of “‘poor black boys from the South’ and a white head coach.”

Baylor is also suing Sterling and the NBA. The team, “not having seen the complaint,” would not comment on specifics, but a team lawyer expressed outrage nonetheless. “It's hard to believe that he would now make these ridiculous claims after the organization stood by him for 22 years and only three playoff appearances,” he said. Sterling was nonchalant when informed about the suit. “Really?” he said. “Against who?”