Thursday , Feb , 12 , 2009 C.Y. Ellis

Elgin Baylor Accuses Donald Sterling of ‘racist attitude’

Elgin Baylor’s lawsuit against the Clippers saves its most explosive allegations for team owner Donald Sterling.

Baylor charges that Sterling had "a pervasive and on-going racist attitude as expressed to then NBA player Danny Manning during contract negotiations."

The lawsuit, which was obtained by The Times on Wednesday night, alleges that Sterling once said of Manning: "I’m offering a lot of money for a poor Black kid." The civil lawsuit also states that NBA Commissioner David Stern was present when Sterling made the remark about Manning.

Several pages later, Baylor claims that Sterling once told him that "he [Sterling] wanted the Clippers team to be composed of ‘Poor Black boys from the South’ and a White head coach."