According to The Los Angeles Times, a Los Angeles County Superior Court jury has unanimously rejected Elgin Baylor’s wrongful termination lawsuit against the Clippers and team owner Donald T. Sterling. The jury of seven men and five women voted no to all of Baylor’s claims, including that the Clippers and owner Sterling subjected him to harassment and age discrimination, leading to his 2008 department as the general manager.
Baylor was with the Clippers organization for 22 seasons. Before that, he was an American basketball legend with many career accomplishments. The NBA Hall of Gamers was offered a $10,000-a-month position as a consultant before his departure as the general manager. Instead, Baylor rejected the offer and filed a wrongful termination lawsuit contending that the loss of his job left him depressed and needing medication.
The jury deliberated for less than four hours. The jury foreman spoke out to the media saying that the jury did not feel the action taken by the Clippers was based on Baylor’s age, as much as it was just a need to make a change in that position. Baylor sough at least $2 million in economic and mental distress damages.
Baylor’s attorney said that they were considering an appeal, while the plaintiff declined to comment outside of the courtroom. The foreman said the jury felt a sentiment towards Baylor and sympathy, but concluded he was an at-will employee who reasonably deserved to be let go after the team suffered severe losses and failed to make it to the playoffs many times in his 22 years as the general manager.