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Lakers Legend Claims Clippers Steered by Racist

2/12/2009 3:40 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Elgin BaylorFormer legendary L.A. Laker Elgin Baylor has just filed a lawsuit against the L.A. Clippers and the NBA, claiming he's the victim of rampant racial discrimination.

In the lawsuit, filed today in L.A. County Superior Court, Baylor -- who was unceremoniously dismissed as VP and General Manager last October -- claims the team has "egregious salary disparities" based on race. Baylor claims he was told to "induce African American players to join the Clippers, despite the Clippers' reputation of being unwilling to fairly treat and compensate African American players." Baylor says the owner, Donald Sterling, has a "pervasive and ongoing racist attitude."

Baylor cites the case of NBA player Danny Manning, where Sterling allegedly said, "I'm offering a lot of money for a poor Black kid." The suit claims Sterling repeatedly referred to the team as "poor Black kids" and "he wanted a White coach directing the Clippers." Sterling is being sued as well.

Baylor says he personally got stiffed, only being paid $350,000 a year since 2003, when a "Caucasian head coach was given a 4 year, 22 million dollar contract."

Here's the best part. The suit says, "At all relevant times mentioned here, Mr. Baylor was an African American male over the age of 40."

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Get the fact right    

#38- Elgin Baylor never lead the Lakers to an NBA Championship. The Lakers won thier first championship the year he retired at the start of the season. If this case was not about money and extortion Elgin and his race card lawyers would have made the allegations before even trying to negotiate a settlement.

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Get the fact right    

#59 - Elgin did not even sign a contract with the Clippers. He either though he had it to good and did not need one or was to cheap to pay an agent to negotiate one.

2018 days ago
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Get the fact right    

#59 - Elgin did not even sign a contract with the Clippers. He either though he had it to good and did not need one or was to cheap to pay an agent to negotiate one.

2018 days ago
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Get the fact right    

#48 get the facts right. I don't think Sterling has any kids- I believe he and his wife have adopted and raised 3 kids. so how is he polluting the gene pool? As for being a dumbass- does he not have a law degree? A license to practice? become a self made billionaire? And you have the nerve to call him a dumbass?

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99centz    

FIRST AGAIN SUCKERS!!!

2030 days ago
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San Diego - Clippers    

Do you think? Donald Sterling?? Do you have any idea who this guy is - just look at his real estate ads in the LA Times and the blonde models he uses to promute the properties. Also - this is a gentelman the requires you to provide an 8 x 10 head shot when you apply for a job. Also - what happened to his skid row center in LA - ?? Unfortunatly for Baylor - he went withthe program too long.

2030 days ago
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RITE ING KLAS    

JOURNALISM 101: Why are you capitalizing "Black" and "White"? Random...

2030 days ago
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mtk    

Probably those are direct quotes from the lawsuit.

2030 days ago
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99centz    

I talked to black guy once,there really scarry up close.

2030 days ago
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Anon    

Would be nice if you would post the complaint

2030 days ago
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2% MILK    

WHY DIDN'T HE ANYTHING 5 YEARS AGO THEN . WHAT A JOKE

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steve    

he wasnt let get bc of his race its bc the clippers are never good and comein last every year hey elgin how bought geting better players and paying them like the sixers paid elton brand wa wa wa lol

2030 days ago
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pissed    

Nobodys fault but his own, he signed the contract>>> Anyhow, why should I take his word for anything he is the one trying to get the FREE money.

2030 days ago
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val    

Elgin Baylor was one of the classiest and nicesst black or white men I've ever met. Uunderstand now, just lite Etta, although the big eared president isn't one I voted for either and I think he's a fraud and a phoney, I loved Elgin. He used to go into the original NICKY BLAIR'S on Sunset and we talked often and what a great man he is. I'm on Team Elgin for he's not a fraud but fine.

2030 days ago
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#645732 - Cell Block H    

He didn't do a damn thing to make the clippers a better team while he "worked" for them. The only time I ever heard about him or saw him, he was sitting courtside in a colorful sweater with his wife. If he had this grudge against the Clippers, and as a black man new of the rampant racist behavior going on, why didn't he come out with it years ago? Danny Manning hasn't been a clipper in a dozen years! He would have been let go so many years ago, and then he would have had a hard time finding another gig in the NBA because he would have been labeled a trouble maker in the eyes of the white ownership of the teams. He's just pissed because he's joined the ranks of the unemployed. Get used to it, Elgin.

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