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Donald Sterling's "Plantation Mentality"

In court documents obtained by the Los Angeles Times, former Clippers executive Elgin Baylor offered several instances of what he called team owner Donald Sterling’s “plantation mentality” and alleged that Sterling once rejected a coaching candidate because of race.” Oh, that zany Donald Sterling…

According to Baylor, the following happened following a interview with head coaching candidate Jim Brewer.

“And when he finished, Donald said something that was very shocking to me. He said, ‘Personally, I would like to have a white Southern coach coaching poor black players. And I was shocked. And he looked at me and said, ‘Do you think that’s a racist statement?’ I said, ‘Absolutely. That’s plantation mentality.”

During the contract negotiations with #1 pick Danny Manning.

Said Baylor, in the deposition: “Donald T. said, ‘Well that’s a lot of money for a poor black … ‘ — I think he said kid. For a poor black kid I think. For a poor black something, kid or boy or something. Poor black. Poor black.

“Danny was upset. So Danny just stormed out. He just stormed out of the place. Where he went, I don’t know. He never came back to the house.”

I’m surprised he didn’t draft a Korean guy first.

[LA Times via Sports Guy Twitter, Image via Getty]

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