Year: 2009

Perhaps the most public of Sterling’s problems—until now—was the February 2009 suit brought by former General Manager and Hall of Famer Elgin Baylor, who worked for the Clippers under Sterling for 22 years. Baylor alleged all kinds of different discriminatory practices, chief among them that Sterling wanted the team run in the model of a Southern Plantation and comprised of “Poor black boys from the South and a white head coach.”

Baylor also claimed he was underpaid in comparison with all other GMs, although it’s hard to know whether that had to do with race or because Sterling is easily the cheapest of all the NBA owners. In any event, a jury unanimously voted in March of 2011 to reject the lawsuit, a rare win for Sterling and his questionable (at best) management ways.