LA jury rules in favor of Clippers against Baylor
A jury has rejected Elgin Baylor’s claim of age discrimination
and harassment, giving the Los Angeles Clippers a major victory
against their former general manager.
The Los Angeles Superior Court jury on Wednesday declined to
award Baylor any damages. He claimed he was forced out of the job
he held for 22 years.
The Clippers had contended that Baylor left the team on his
Baylor, a 76-year-old Hall of Fame player, had no comment after
leaving the courtroom.
Baylor’s attorney, Alvin L. Pittman, had asked that his client
be awarded about $2 million for past and future lost wages as well
as for emotional distress, urging jurors to reject the Clippers’
argument that Baylor left on his own.
”We thought from day one that there was no merit to this
case,” Clippers attorney Robert H. Platt said. ”I commend the
organization for not succumbing to the temptation to settle the
case and to see it through to a jury verdict.”
The jury deliberated about 4 1/2 hours over Tuesday and
Jury foreman John Casani of Pasadena said the panel believed
that Baylor was not the victim of ”disparate treatment” because
of his age. He said any dissatisfaction with Baylor by team
officials resulted from the woeful performance of the
The Clippers’ best record during Baylor’s time as GM was 47-35
in 2005-06, but during most of the other years, they finished below
.500 and did not make the playoffs.
Baylor sued the Clippers and the NBA in February 2009, alleging
race- and age-related discrimination. His attorneys dropped the
racism allegation before trial, along with all allegations against
Current team President Andy Roeser is 51. Baylor said Roeser
treated him differently because of his age. Roeser acknowledged
during the trial he suggested to Donald Sterling in 2005 that
Baylor should be replaced, but said the owner rejected the