Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling attracted a firestorm of outrage for racial discrimination when a former Clippers executive sued him for employment discrimination. Elgin Baylor alleged in February 2009 that Sterling unfairly paid him much less than the white head coach because of his age and race, and that Sterling showed a racist attitude to the players as well. Baylor alleged that Sterling wanted the team to be composed of “’poor black boys from the South’ and a white head coach,” and that he had said, “I’m offering a lot of money for a poor black kid” when negotiating for player Danny Manning, The Los Angeles Times reported. A Los Angeles County jury rejected Baylor’s suit in March 2011. Sterling is currently being sued by the U.S. Department of Justice for discriminatory practices in leasing apartments.
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