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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.


Since: Mar 2, 2008
Posted on: June 10, 2011 11:15 pm

Dunleavy wins $13 million from Clippers' Sterling

David Stern is pretty bad to allow such awful business practices in his league.  That is quite disrespectful and amateurish management, Sterling should be getting fined millions for not honoring contracts.  Not allowed to own some NBA team, the NHL clearly has competition on the amateurish running side of business these days.  Shame on the NBA.

Since: May 18, 2009
Posted on: June 10, 2011 10:17 pm

Dunleavy wins $13 million from Clippers' Sterling

If Sterling is such an idiot and never wants to build a winning organization then why are people even bothering going to the home games. If people want him out so badly, how about those who actually bought season tickets(can you imagine) or even walk up buyers don't go to any games for a month(even though some of you who do buy clipper tickets should be sued for being idiots) and see what kind of ramifications that has on the NBA and the message to get him the Hell out. Ya know Blake is gone the day he becomes a free agent right. So don't go to any Clipper home games people, say...the heck with Sterling and you know what, you may even increase your basketball IQ by not having to watch that garbage.

Since: Mar 16, 2009
Posted on: June 10, 2011 10:06 pm

Dunleavy wins $13 million from Clippers' Sterling

David Stern needs to step in and take this team away from this guy.  He has made his team a laughing stock.  He gets rid of players and never builds for a winner.  I know the feeling living in Cincinnati, he is an equal to Mike Brown of the Bengals.   Both of this owners don't deserve a team.

Since: Jan 2, 2011
Posted on: June 10, 2011 10:03 pm

Dunleavy wins $13 million from Clippers' Sterling

Its the NBA.  The owners and employees are shit..Lockout..yea

Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: June 10, 2011 9:59 pm

Dunleavy wins $13 million from Clippers' Sterling

Women in  locker room watching players shower?

Not paying employees?

Why has the NBA tolerated this guy? This is everything you DON"T want in an owner.

Since: Jun 10, 2011
Posted on: June 10, 2011 9:41 pm

Dunleavy wins $13 million from Clippers' Sterling


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