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Inside Sterling-Baylor Clippers feud

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08:39 AM ET 11.13 | Documents filed last week in Elgin Baylor's wrongful termination lawsuit against the Clippers, their owner, Donald T. Sterling, and the NBA offered an extensive look at Baylor's 22-year tenure with the organization. Before Baylor filed suit, his attorneys asked for $11 million in past economic losses, $11 million in future economic losses, $21,000 for stress and emotional therapy and attorney fees of $68,000. They sent the request to Platt and NBA Commissioner David Stern in a letter dated Sept. 16, 2008. Baylor also asked for a two-year, $2-million contract to serve as an NBA goodwill ambassador. He also asked the Clippers and the NBA for a "fitting (well-budgeted) retirement party for Baylor (not to exceed $300,000)." ???Clippers President Andy Roeser met with Baylor on Aug. 18, 2008, and offered him a retirement package paying $120,000 for the next year, and an additional monthly sum after that. Baylor rejected the deal and said in his deposition it was "insulting" and "ridiculous." In his deposition, Baylor spoke about what he called Sterling's "plantation mentality," alleging the owner in the late 1990s rejected a coaching candidate, Jim Brewer, because of race. Baylor quoted Sterling as saying: "Personally, I would like to have a white Southern coach coaching poor black players." Baylor said he was shocked. "And he [Sterling] looked at me and said, 'Do you think that's a racist statement?' I said, 'Absolutely. That's plantation mentality.' " Baylor spoke about contentious contract negotiations at Sterling's home with Clippers draft pick Danny Manning, the No. 1 overall choice in 1988. Baylor said in his deposition: "Donald T. said, 'Well that's a lot of money for a poor black ...' - I think he said kid.'"

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Donald Sterling, Elgin Baylor, Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images Donald Sterling, Elgin Baylor, Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images
November 13, 2010  09:05 AM ET

Baylor's words against Stern is very similar to what Anucha Brown used to extort money from Dolan in the Isaiah desposition.... it's clear these black executives are using the race card to enrich themselves which is very shameful and what's even worse is we have a system that supports this kinda crap. Given Baylor's shoddy work I think the Clips need to sue him instead. If what Stern said was that bad why did he hold it in for so long?

November 13, 2010  09:13 AM ET

even if Baylor is telling the truth....asking for $300,000 for his own retirement party is pretty childish...was this guy so disliked that he has to ask for his own party? and at that price? If I were Sterling I would personally tell Baylor to go to hell

November 13, 2010  09:14 AM ET

if Baylor is such a noble, stand-up guy, why did he work for a "racist" like Sterling for 22 years?

November 13, 2010  09:24 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

if Baylor is such a noble, stand-up guy, why did he work for a "racist" like Sterling for 22 years?

Ah, there's the rub.

November 13, 2010  09:25 AM ET

Divorce is never pretty, Bro.

November 13, 2010  09:53 AM ET

Baylor is probably the worst executive the NBA has ever had. This dude makes Isiah look like a genius. He should have been fired years ago. Firing him is the only intelligent decision the Clippers have ever made. For him to play the race card is ludicrous. In a perfect word, he would have been shot.

November 13, 2010  10:05 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Baylor is probably the worst executive the NBA has ever had. This dude makes Isiah look like a genius. He should have been fired years ago. Firing him is the only intelligent decision the Clippers have ever made. For him to play the race card is ludicrous. In a perfect word, he would have been shot.

He got paid a whole lot of money for his ineptitude.

Sterling should sue him for unrendered services.

November 13, 2010  10:08 AM ET

naw i live in la and its pretty well documented that sterling is racist. several newspapers have published a bunch of articles on the guy. that being said, a bunch of people already have sued and won against sterling. Check the latimes and laweekly.

November 13, 2010  10:56 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

He got paid a whole lot of money for his ineptitude. Sterling should sue him for unrendered services.

just proves the Donald is an equal-opportunity employer in hiring peers: they're both mentally handicapped...

November 13, 2010  11:12 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

He got paid a whole lot of money for his ineptitude. Sterling should sue him for unrendered services.

Any monies this idiot was paid in salary should be considered severance pay.

November 13, 2010  11:16 AM ET

it's never easy to leeve after working for one employer for 22 years !
and the questions are why did he not choose to leeve sooner and why did the team keep him so long ????? now if you look - the rap sheet on sterling is rather long with law suits settled out of court from the state of ca. and the usa gov.
there is no question in my mind sterling is a racist just look at his track record (before you comment)
my question is why does the nba keep him????? you know the other owners could force him out

November 13, 2010  12:08 PM ET

$300,000 for a retirement party? A 2 year contract to be a goodwill ambassador? Is he high? LMAO

November 13, 2010  12:10 PM ET
QUOTE(#12):

it's never easy to leeve after working for one employer for 22 years ! and the questions are why did he not choose to leeve sooner and why did the team keep him so long ????? now if you look - the rap sheet on sterling is rather long with law suits settled out of court from the state of ca. and the usa gov. there is no question in my mind sterling is a racist just look at his track record (before you comment) my question is why does the nba keep him????? you know the other owners could force him out

He isn't considered the worst owner in sports solely in the product on the court.

November 13, 2010  12:26 PM ET

i BELIEVE STERLING IS A RACIST

November 13, 2010  12:43 PM ET
QUOTE(#16):

i BELIEVE STERLING IS A RACIST

You're better than that. Let's not go there.

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November 13, 2010  02:55 PM ET

They're both idiots who enabled each other. Is this really news? Why should we care?

November 13, 2010  03:17 PM ET

Documents filed last week in Elgin Baylor's wrongful termination lawsuit against the Clippers, their owner, Donald T. Sterling, and the NBA offered an extensive look at Baylor's 22-year tenure with the organization. REALLY!!!!! THE TEAM LOST! YOU SHOULD HAVE BEEN FIRED YEARS AGO! I, AS A FAN SHOULD HAVE A LAWSIT ON YOUR ****, FOR WRONGFUL LEADERSHIP AS A GENERAL MANAGER!!!!! AS THE LAKERS WIN CHAMPIONSHIP AFTER CHAMPIONSHIP IN LOS ANGELES..........your funny BAYLOR!

November 14, 2010  09:20 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Baylor is probably the worst executive the NBA has ever had.

I would say the second worst executive in the NBA, right behind Jordan!!

 
November 15, 2010  11:53 AM ET

what i want to know is why baylor stayed with the clips for 20+ yrs if it's so bad. i mean, there's thirty teams in the league, right? someone would have given the guy a job.

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