Donald Sterling, owners of the Los Angeles Clippers, is facing racism allegations in a wrongful termination lawsuit. Elgin Baylor filed a wrongful termination suit against the Clippers and owner Donald Sterling alleging ageism, racism and voyeurism, and states the Clippers fired him after 22 years of service. Baylor also accuses Sterling of refusing to spend money on African American players and that the owner would bring women into the locker room to gaze at basketball players.
Baylor has said that the refusal to pay African Americans fair compensation has caused the team to loose good talent, including Danny Manning, Charles Smith, Michael Cage, Ron Harper and others. Additionally, players complained to Baylor that Sterling bringing women in the locker room to watch men during and after showers made players feel uncomfortable. Women allegedly made comments such as “Look at those beautiful black bodies.” Baylor made Sterling aware of these statements, yet the owner continued to allow women in the locker room.
Elgin Baylor served as the Clipper’s General Manager for twenty-two years. Besides filing the wrongful termination lawsuit, the former employee has made media rounds and magazine interviews. In his other allegations to the media, Baylor states Sterling fostered a “plantation mentality” within the organization.
The Clippers’ filed legal motions asking the court to dismiss Baylor’s suit. Clipper legal counsel stated that he would withhold comment until reviewing all documents.