Elgin Baylor Says 'Justice Has Been Served' with Donald Sterling

Joseph ZuckerFeatured ColumnistMay 7, 2014

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Elgin Baylor tried to warn us about Donald Sterling, but the NBA didn't listen. You can understand why the former Los Angeles Clippers general manager might be feeling a little vindicated.

During an interview on CNN's Anderson Cooper 360, via CNN's Steve Almasy, Baylor said of Sterling: "Justice has been served. Now they know what Donald is like, and the things I said before about Donald are absolutely true."

Back in 2011, Baylor had a wrongful termination lawsuit against Sterling shot down in a Los Angeles court. In that lawsuit, he alleged that the Clippers owner had a "vision of a Southern plantation-type structure" for the team, per Nathan Fenno of the Los Angeles Times.

At the time, Baylor's comments had largely flown under the radar, much as the housing discrimination lawsuit Sterling faced back in 2006 did until recently.

But after TMZ leaked the tape on which Sterling was caught making racist remarks, the walls have begun closing in on the the owner. The league has banned him for life and is working to wrest the Los Angeles Clippers franchise away from him by any means necessary.

Few, Baylor especially, were shocked by the content of the tape.

"It didn't surprise me ... at all," he told Anderson Cooper. "That's the Donald Sterling I know."

Sterling undoubtedly has a checkered past, but until a few weeks ago, the league had done nothing to sanction him. Because Baylor lost his lawsuit and the housing discrimination suit was settled, the NBA felt that it had no reason to hand a punishment down to Sterling.

Since the audio tape has been released, though, the league has found the impetus needed to try and oust Sterling. While the ban has already been handed down, the situation is far from over. In addition to Sterling's potential fight against the ban, the succession of the team's ownership is still up in the air.

ESPN.com's Darren Rovell reported that Sterling may have violated certain clauses in the league's constitution with his racist comments, so taking the team away may be easier than some think.

There's little doubt, though, that all of this will turn even uglier before it gets any better.

At the very least, Baylor has received the vindication he's deserved for years.