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Dunleavy wins $13 million from Clippers' Sterling

Posted on: June 10, 2011 9:27 pm
Edited on: June 10, 2011 9:47 pm
 
Mike Dunleavy won $13 million in arbitration after Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling stopped paying him after he was fired. Posted by Bendonald-sterling Golliver.

Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling is notorious for a lot of reasons. This season alone, he heckled his own players and brought women into the team's locker room to watch his players shower.

Above all else, though, Sterling is known for refusing to pay past employees, daring them to sue him to recover their unpaid earnings. Given the expense involved in launching such a suit, some lower-level employees have reportedly given up trying to recoup what is rightfully owed to them.

Former Clippers GM and coach Mike Dunleavy did not give up, however. After he was fired in March 2010, Dunleavy took the Clippers to arbitration to recover the rest of his compensation.

On Friday, the Los Angeles Times reports that the legal maneuver was successful and that he's about to get paid in full.
An arbitrator has awarded former Clippers general manager and coach Mike Dunleavy slightly more than $13 million in compensation. 

The Clippers had quit paying Dunleavy immediately after firing him last year, on March 8, and he was forced to take the organization to binding arbitration. He had been owed $6.75 million on the contract, $1.35 million for the remainder of the 2009-10 season and $5.4 million for the season just completed.

The award was for everything Dunleavy was owed under his contract, past compensation with interest and future compensation, according to those familiar with the ruling but not authorized to comment.
In typical fashion, Sterling's lawyers reportedly said they would "explore the team's various options" to challenge the arbitrator's decision.

Sterling was also sued by former executive Elgin Baylor for unlawful termination due to age descrimination this year,  but a Los Angeles jury unanimously rejected the case back in March.

So, I guess, you win some, you lose some.


Comments

Since: Jan 16, 2008
Posted on: June 11, 2011 11:14 am
 

Dunleavy wins $13 million from Clippers' Sterling

Good luck collecting.



Since: Nov 19, 2006
Posted on: June 11, 2011 11:05 am
 

Dunleavy wins $13 million from Clippers' Sterling

Remind me to laugh when someone puts a bullet in Stirlings head.

 



Since: Dec 11, 2006
Posted on: June 11, 2011 9:38 am
 

Dunleavy wins $13 million from Clippers' Sterling

absolutely. living in vancouver and attending several games a year, when the Grizz were here,
it was stinging t say the least when Stern said the community had failed to support the Grizz and
that was the main reason they had to leave for Memphis.

The fact is we drew more people per game in our WORST year then Memphis ever drew till thuis year at least.

We had a problem with the value of the Canadian Dollar at only 72 cents per US, that ws the basis of our
financial problems.

Also we had terrible management unter Stew Jackson, who has landed on his feed big time
by being a sycophant under the orders of Stern.

We also had a coach, brian winters, nothing against the man, but he had not coached before
and was not good, to say the least, in managing our team, what with the limited number
of top drafts we had. We came in just after the Shaq attack law, instituted after he was
drafted by Orlando, and the other owners wanted to insure no new teams would get such
a winfall so the drafting order was stacked against new teams.

Anyway, not to digress, the real issue was and is that Dadid Stern, in a nicer demeanor but
similar style to gary bettman, NHL head, is too much an egomaniac and, as you note,
will tolerate no dissension (sp) against his prima donna ways and
sublimating oneself to his demands is a must, if one wants to surviive in the NBA with him in charge.

Sad...but true.



Since: Mar 28, 2009
Posted on: June 11, 2011 9:34 am
 

Dunleavy wins $13 million from Clippers' Sterling

This 'bag of crap' will be judged by God one day. By the looks of his rap sheet, he'll have a lot of explaining to do. All the money in the world won't mean a thing then. And if is old as I think he is, then that day is coming fairly soon.



Since: Apr 13, 2011
Posted on: June 11, 2011 8:38 am
 

Dunleavy wins $13 million from Clippers' Sterling

David Stern supports this sort of behavior.

Read up more about Stern.  He's an egotistical maniac with no respect for any of the coaches.

The respect he gets is through threats and retribution, and not earned.

You won't see me paying for NBA tickets with this jerk in charge.




Since: Jan 1, 2007
Posted on: June 11, 2011 7:45 am
 

Dunleavy wins $13 million from Clippers' Sterling

My buddy just won an Arbitration case against a Fortune 500 Company and WON.


I kinda hope he WON after he already won...




Since: Oct 16, 2006
Posted on: June 11, 2011 2:52 am
 

Dunleavy wins $13 million from Clippers' Sterling

My buddy just won an Arbitration case against a Fortune 500 Company and WON.  They awarded full Attorney fees above the award.  I hope the Law Firm team won a few million from that deadbeat owner -- he should be kicked out of the league.



Since: Sep 15, 2006
Posted on: June 11, 2011 1:33 am
 

Dunleavy wins $13 million from Clippers' Sterling

Dunleavy was paid what they owed him, but it probably cost him 20% to 25% in legal fees to get it.  So, in essence he lost a big chunk of it.  The NBA should step in and do something about this dead beat owner.  You would think that the NBA would arbitrate these kind of disputes at no charge, just to keep them quiet and out of the news.  However, the NBA is set up to take care of the elite and not the "paid help".



Since: Jul 29, 2009
Posted on: June 10, 2011 11:36 pm
 

Dunleavy wins $13 million from Clippers' Sterling

The reason Elgin lost his lawsuit was because Sterling's legal team was ready and willing to prove that Baylor was guilty of impersonating an NBA GM for a decade and was fortunate not to have to re-imburse the Clippers for services unrendered.



Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: June 10, 2011 11:25 pm
 

Dunleavy wins $13 million from Clippers' Sterling

Wow, this article was actually enlightening to me. I didn't even know who the owner of the Clippers was, but what a prick. The hyperlink provided to this article http://sports.yahoo.co
m/nba/ne
ws?slug=aw-sternnba031511 went even further into detailing what a f**k Donald Sterling is, the man is Ebenezer Scrooge on crack. I already knew Stern was a piece of s***. What Sterling does to some of his lower level employees who don't make nearly as much as Dunleavy is despicable. I hope that in the next successful lawsuit against Sterling the court decides to really hammer his wallet and award the plaintiff more than he is owed by a magnitude of several times. If not paying his employees actually starts to hurt his wallet then he'll stop. 

I used to think of the Clippers as a likable team before I read this. Not anymore now that I know their owner is such a bastard. I thought Al Davis was the worst owner in sports but now he'll have to settle for being #2. This man should be stripped of his ownership, but not on Stern's watch. 

The NBA is a lame joke. 


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