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Elgin Baylor
Focus on Sterling's actions, not his words

The case against Donald Sterling is based not on any specific racist action he took but instead entirely on remarks he made during a private conversation. ("NBA makes its case against Clippers owner Donald Sterling," May 20) Did L.A. Clippers lineups during Sterling's 33 years of ownership indicate a preference for whites? If they had, we surely would have heard by now. Sterling employed one of the first black general managers, Elgin Baylor. He had ample opportunity during 22 years to fire Baylor as a scapegoat because the team was terrible. When he finally fired him, Baylor sued on racial grounds — and the suit went nowhere. Last year, Sterling let his white coach...

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