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NBA HALL-OF-FAMER CRIES RACISM, AGEISM … AFTER TWENTY-TWO YEARS

Posted by Andrew Roman on February 13, 2009

back in the day

back in the day

From The “I’m With You, Reverend Joseph Lowery” file …

The naivety of Americans who believe that blacks are not still being asked to get in back, or that brown is not given the chance to stick around, is astounding. No matter how much we shake America, she is not responding to our wake-up call. Racism abounds, along with a veritable rainbow of other juicy “isms.” The reality that our President is black, that the majority of American athletes and pop music stars are black, that our favorite motion picture stars are black, that the most powerful star and TV talk-show mogul in all of the country is black, is irrelevant.

NBA Hall-of-Famer Elgin Baylor apparently agrees.

Baylor, who played from 1958 to 1971 and subsequently spent twenty-two years as the Los Angeles Clippers’ Vice President of Basketball Operations, is suing not only the Clippers, but the NBA and team owner Donald Sterling for alleged employment discrimination based on age and race. Baylor was released by the team last fall.

From ESPN:

The lawsuit maintains that Baylor was “discriminated against and unceremoniously released from his position with the team on account of his age and his race” and that he was “grossly underpaid during his tenure with the Clippers, never earning more than $350,000 per year, when compared with the compensation scheme for general managers employed by every other team in the NBA.”

The NBA is named in the lawsuit, according to Douglas’ fax, as “a joint venturer/partner of condoning, adopting and ratifying this discriminatory practice since the league is fully aware of salaries paid to all of the general managers.”

It’s interesting how Baylor never mentioned anything about unfair treatment or discrimination during his tenure or in the months following his departure from the Clippers. He was certainly in the position to do so while he was there, and he would have been allowed to say whatever he wanted about any racism he perceived.

I might add that in twenty-two years with Mr. Baylor serving as VP of Basketball Operations, the Los Angeles Clippers made the playoffs three times – three lousy times. That he kept his job as long as he did is by itself astounding. That one could make the case the team bent over backwards to avoid any appearances of racism by keeping a wholly unsuccessful man employed for that long is reasonable.

Clippers attorney Robert H. Platt said in a statement Wednesday night that he had not seen the lawsuit and couldn’t comment on Baylor’s specific allegations.

“However, I can categorically state that the Clippers always treated Elgin fairly throughout his long tenure with the team. Prior to his decision to leave the team last October, Elgin never raised any claims of unfair treatment,” Platt said.

“It’s hard to believe that he would now make these ridiculous claims after the organization stood by him during 22 years and only three playoff appearances. It would be hard to find any sports team that has demonstrated greater loyalty to its general manager.”

“I can’t imagine because Elgin has always been very, very close to me,” the owner said in the team’s locker room. “He’s a fabulous person. I think there’s some mistake.”

Since, 2003, Elgin Baylor made $350,000 a year – more than the vast majority of white Americans make – after several salary increases over the course of his career with the Clippers. Is it possible – I say, possible – that he wasn’t paid as much as others in the NBA because of his less-than-stellar performance record as General Manager?

Baylor said, “I did not retire. I have so much more to give. The way I was treated by the NBA and the Clippers was unfair, and many ways discriminatory.”

Was it unfair that he held onto a position for more than two-decades with a track record that would have had him expunged anywhere else much sooner?

What exactly was discriminatory, Mr. Baylor?

Does anyone honestly believe that the Clippers deliberately chose to pay Mr. Baylor less than others after realizing that the melanin level in his skin was too high to warrant more salary? And if it wasn’t deliberate, how will Mr. Baylor’s disgusting publicity-seeking lawyers prove it?

Shameful, Mr. Baylor.

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4 Responses to “NBA HALL-OF-FAMER CRIES RACISM, AGEISM … AFTER TWENTY-TWO YEARS”

  1. KansasGirl said

    Get used to this folks. It is only going to get worse.

  2. KansasGirl said

    Get used to this folks. It is only going to get worse.

  3. Baylor was a great great player, sorry he has sour grapes about this.

  4. Baylor was a great great player, sorry he has sour grapes about this.

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