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Elgin Baylor’s lawsuit against Donald Sterling shot down by jury

Mar 30, 2011, 4:19 PM EST

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Clippers Donald Sterling is still a despicable human being. A man with a laundry list of offenses of offenses from the serious (racial housing discrimination) to just screwing up his NBA team. This has not changed.

But he has won key court battle.

A jury Wednesday rejected a $2 million lawsuit brought by former Clippers GM Elgin Baylor seeking damages for being fired due to age discrimination, the Los Angeles Times reports.

It’s hard to argue, with the Clippers record over the last couple decades, that Baylor was a good GM who could not have been dismissed for cause. You can see the defense attorney and jury’s point there, even though you can also question how much real power Baylor had during parts of his tenure.

What this lawsuit did was peel back the curtain a little more on Sterling and the Clippers, and everyone cringed in disgust. While Blake Griffin distracts us, the team is still run by the worst owner in professional sports. And despite how we want to see Griffin and the Clippers succeed, you fear all that Sterling is and does will somehow come back to haunt the team.

Because the one real constant in the decades of Clippers futility is Sterling. And that is not changing.

  1. donkeyball - Mar 30, 2011 at 5:28 PM

    How does this team even have one fan? They lose excessively, they destroy or drive away what little talent that out of pure luck alone has fallen into their despicable laps.

    They are a blight on the good name of Los Angeles.

    To those of you who buy Clipper tickets and jerseys: you are lining Donald Sterling’s pockets with money while he has done NOTHING to build even a semi-respectable team. And still you give that dirtbag money.

    I will never understand.

    • ibejeph - Mar 30, 2011 at 5:42 PM

      I don’t get Clippers’ fans either. Bad management, bad record, bad history, bad owner…what do they get out of cheering for that team? It’s like being a fan of losing.

      The one shining bit of goodness (Griffin) is probably gone as soon as he can get of there.

      • donkeyball - Mar 30, 2011 at 5:50 PM

        Griffin is a devastating ACL injury just waiting to happen. Either that or he leaves.

  2. seanb20124 - Mar 30, 2011 at 6:33 PM

    I guess the jury looked at the Clippers record over the past 20 yrs.

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