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LOS ANGELES (CBS) — The former general manager of the Los Angeles Clippers has dropped allegations of racial discrimination against the team, but is pressing ahead with allegations that he was fired because of age discrimination, it was reported Saturday.

Elgin Baylor, 76, filed suit against the team, owner Donald Sterling and the NBA in February 2009, claiming he was wrongfully terminated after 22 years.

Baylor decided to drop the racial discrimination claim element of his case just as jury selection was about to begin. Jury selection is expected to begin Monday, with opening statements likely on Tuesday.

“The team never felt that the race allegations had any merit at all,” Clippers attorney Robert Platt told the Los Angeles Times on Friday. “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.”

According to legal documents, the team offered a severance package of $120,000 to Baylor, who never earned more than $350,000 annually with the Clippers.

(©2011 CBS Local Media, a division of CBS Radio Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Wire services contributed to this report.)

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