Dunleavy deserved to get fired, but not paid?
Updated: April 21, 2010, 1:14 AM ET
Report: Dunleavy, Clips in arbitration
Mike Dunleavy was surprised that he was fired and now is stunned that the Los Angeles Clippers are not paying the remainder of his salary.
The former coach and general manager's lawyer, Miles Clements, said that the team initially said they would discuss a settlement but has not gotten back to him or continued to pay what Dunleavy is owed, the Los Angeles Times reported on Tuesday.
A source close to the situation confirmed to ESPNLosAngeles.com's Ramona Shelburne that he has not been paid since being fired. The source also revealed that Dunleavy is owed nearly $12 million, which includes $6.75 million remaining on his current deal and deferred money from the entire time he had been with the Clippers.
"Mike went to lunch one day and they [the Clippers] told the media they had totally severed all ties with him," Clements said, according to the Times. "He learned about it from family and friends e-mailing him to ask what happened."
The Clippers said they are still working to resolve the issue.
"We are in the process of mutually attempting to resolve any outstanding issues with Mr. Dunleavy," Clippers attorney Robert Platt told ESPNLosAngeles.com. "We're hopeful that we can reach a resolution in the near future."
Dunleavy has taken the matter to binding arbitration, recourse afforded him in his contract, Clements told the Times.
Nobody cares about Dunleavy, but doesn't this look bad to potential coaches? Would any significant coach want to work for Sterling? First it was Elgin Baylor, then it was his tenants from his apartment complexes and now it's Dunleavy... He seems to be very shady... AND cheap.
clippers thats cold..dunleavy was terrible though
Doesn't matter how terrible he was, he still has a family to feed..
But I still think that 2007-2008 LA Clipper team could have been a competitive team in the playoffs..
Corey Maggette 22.1ppg, 5.6rpg
Elton Brand 17.6ppg, 8rpg
Chris Kaman 15.7ppg, 12.7rpg, 2.7bpg
Sam Cassell 12.8ppg, 4.7apg
Cuttino Mobley 12.8ppg
Al Thornton 12.7ppg
Tim Thomas 12.5ppg
ehh, i cringe when i hear "family to feed" when we are talking about how many millions they still owe on top of the millions they already paid him.
But regardless, if they owe him they need to pay him. Not sure what the clippers can really say:
clippers: "we shouldnt pay him because we sucked under him."
dunleavy: "it's the clippers, they always suck."
And whats with all these guys finding out they were fired through the tabloids. Give the man a call before you call the associated press.
Lol, Family to feed, bills to pay.. I'm not saying he's starving like Sprewell.. LOL that was a funny one.. Point is, he's got bills to pay and food to buy.. nobody deserves to have their paycheck taken away, whether you're making 25k a year or 25m.
Dunleavy wasn't successful as a coach, but he was a decent GM. He made some very good draft picks (Iet's pretend we don't know about Yaroslav Korolev lol) and made decent moves via free-agency/trades. I mean, it's not like he was a cancer to the organization. I mean, the losing wasn't just his fault. He actually took the Clippers to the playoffs in 2005-2006 and won a playoff series... I think he was a legit COY candidate that season.
I can understand the firing, but to not pay the man? And fire him the way they did? That's just dirty... If I'm a coach, I don't know if I'd want to work for Sterling.
i wasnt saying he shouldnt get paid becaue he sucked.. as i said thats cold.
Lol you're good. That wasn't directed at you. I was just saying. He's getting treated pretty bad by Sterling.
haha thanks yeh i meant that too wadeisbetta i think he misunderstood me. give the man his money at least hes not your coach anymore..
he was a former COY and did take the Blazers to the Conference finals so he's not that bad of a coach.
If it was any of us and we got fired from our job, would they pay us to leave? of course not, we would have to file for unemployment like every other non working american, this guy has amassed millions of dollars to do a very bad job at what he does, he doesnt deserve to get paid for it.
We wouldn't get paid because we don't have a contract that states we're are getting paid for the entire year or entire 5 years. Cuseman727, let's try something. Do a crime, hire a lawyer, if you lose the case, you shouldn't pay the lawyer? That's not how it works.. Just because you lost the case doesn't mean the lawyer doesn't get paid. I think Dunleavey has a lawsuit on his hands and the Clippers organization is a dead franchise. They we're never good, they aren't good, they will never be good. Might as well close up that team or move to a different city because we all know who the team in L.A. is.
I dont believe I ever said he wasnt legally or contractually entitled to it, just that he doesnt deserve it, all im saying is at the end of the day this man has made millions upon millions of dollars( im sure he'll feed his family and pay his bills just fine) to do a terrible job. And as far as the whole crime/lawyer thing goes, of course you would have to pay the lawyer if he finished out the trial and you lost, but just for s hits and giggles lets say you're in for a lengthly trial and you notice that the lawyer is doing a terrible job and you fire him, would you have to pay him for the rest of the trial that hes not working? the answer to that is no.
You make a good point but to not pay somebody, most people forget that most pro athletes go broke after about 4 years after they retire. I'm not saying he's going broke or anything like that, I'm sure he's rich and his son is still in the NBA. He just deserves to get paid because he was hired by the Clippers. Just how many file for unemployment and get paid for what, a year? Well, he deserves to get paid no matter how bad he was. You also have to remember that he made a Clippers a contender this off season to be a top bidder for star players. It's not his fault Blake Griffin got injured.
cuseman, you made a bad comparison. If you sign a gauranteed deal then you get paid. Its nothing like what we normal people do when we get fired. Can the Knicks just stop paying eddy curry, because i think we all agree he sucks. If you answer no, then why should dunleavy be any different?
Like i said to dwade, im not saying he isnt contractually entitled to the money, he signed the contract, hes gets the money reguardless, I get that part of it, im just saying he doesnt deserve to get paid millions of dollars to be fired, and its not just him, I dont like that part of sports, period.
And just for the record, Im not bashing dunleavy, to be honest I like him as a coach, I think he would do well in another setting, it just angers me to no end that working stiffs like me and more then likely most people on this site work hard, demanding jobs for not a tenth of what these coaches and athletes make when players curry, brand etc, and coaches like larry brown get paid millions upon millions of dollars to either get fired or to do there job poorly.