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Monday, March 7, 2011
Reports: Elgin Baylor drops part of suit

Elgin Baylor dropped part of his wrongful termination lawsuit against the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday, according to multiple reports. While the former Clippers general manager dropped allegations of racial discrimination, he is still going ahead with claims of age discrimination against the team.

"The team never felt that the race allegations had any merit at all," Clippers attorney Robert Platt said Friday, according to the Los Angeles Times. "It was only a matter of time before Mr. Baylor would voluntarily dismiss them. The team feels vindicated, and Donald Sterling's position all along was he never, ever engaged in any action based on race. This is a confirmation of that."

Team officials say Baylor resigned in October 2008 after 22 years with the team. But Baylor, who is black, claimed in his 2009 lawsuit that he was "discriminated against and unceremoniously released from his position with the team on account of his age and his race." Baylor, who is 76, claimed he was "grossly underpaid during his tenure with the Clippers."

Information from The Associated Press contributed to this report.