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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
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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.


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Comments

Since: Mar 10, 2009
Posted on: June 13, 2011 12:58 pm
 

Dunleavy wins $13 million from Clippers' Sterling

Sterling makes Jerry Reinsdorf look like John D. Rockefeller.



Since: Jun 5, 2010
Posted on: June 13, 2011 8:53 am
 

Dunleavy wins $13 million from Clippers' Sterling

I'm with BanditRocks, I'm shocked that the image conscious David Stern hasn;t stepped in and taken control of the team



Since: Nov 16, 2010
Posted on: June 11, 2011 9:29 pm
 

Dunleavy wins $13 million from Clippers' Sterling

Good for Mike. Sterling is the worse owner in sports. he is scum.



Since: Jan 25, 2008
Posted on: June 11, 2011 7:17 pm
 

Dunleavy wins $13 million from Clippers' Sterling

first thing of importance that dunleavy ever won. congrats, bitter mike.



Since: Mar 15, 2008
Posted on: June 11, 2011 2:28 pm
 

Dunleavy wins $13 million from Clippers' Sterling

Well ebony that might be "just one man's opinion", but your post had so many statements that were 100% wrong..



Since: Jan 2, 2008
Posted on: June 11, 2011 1:01 pm
 

Dunleavy wins $13 million from Clippers' Sterling

No skreffty it isn't more than the entire salary of the team. Their payroll last year was around 50 million.



Since: Aug 4, 2008
Posted on: June 11, 2011 12:53 pm
 

Dunleavy wins $13 million from Clippers' Sterling

Sterling has always been on the cheap side when it come to paying his players and coaches. Most of the players that go through the Clipper organization only last for the original contract, as he will not match another teams offer.

I have not seen it since the Clipper arrived from San Diego many years ago.

Griffen will be gone when his current contract expire as, Sterling will not offer what  another team would for his services. Since the team almost never reach the playoffs they normally have a high draft choice, pay the minimum, get the fans hopeful and then do the same the following year.

The lower waged individuals that are owed money by this jerk should get together and file a class action suit against this clown in order to get paid or they could hire a lawyer on a contingency, based upon the attorney winning the case, with the  attorney fees based on a percentage of the winnings..

I am not a fan of Dunleavy, however, I am pleased to see he was successful in winning against Sterling.

The reason fans purchase ticket to the Clippers game is the Lakers are always sold out, this is a way of seeing some of the better teams in the league at a cheaper price.

Then you have a few in the Hollywood community that are Laker Haters and want to establish themselves as Clipper fans so in the year 2091 when the NBA is no longer prevalent and the Clippers finally win the NBA title, they can say I have always been a Clipper fan.
 
“ONE MAN’S OPINION”





Since: Mar 20, 2007
Posted on: June 11, 2011 12:48 pm
 

Dunleavy wins $13 million from Clippers' Sterling

This is more than the entire salry of the team.  Sterling is one of those guys that if he died, people would cheer.  He would be more at home owning a NASCAR team they way he acts.



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: June 11, 2011 12:06 pm
 

Dunleavy wins $13 million from Clippers' Sterling

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

Very true... I wouldn't find it funny but I wouldn't be surprised to see something like that happen.  You can't keep screwing people out of big money without running into problems... one of these days Stirling is going to run ino the wrong guy and if that happens, I won't participate in the pity thread somebody creates except to say too bad so sad.... you get what you deserve in life... and if you're screwing employees out of millions, hundreds of thousands or even 10's of thousands you are taking a huge risk..



Since: Dec 7, 2010
Posted on: June 11, 2011 11:16 am
 

Dunleavy wins $13 million from Clippers' Sterling

Isn't it time for the league to step in and do something about this guy ?


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