LA Lakers announcer sues team over discrimination

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The LA Lakers cross town rival Clippers are in the midst of a racism saga which remains in the NBA headlines and now the purple and gold could be facing similar problems of their own.

Ferndando Gonzalez, a long-time Spanish language announcer with the team has taken legal action against the Lakers and Time Warner Cable over claims of discrimination according to Hollywood Reporter via the LA Times.

Gonzalez says that he was treated: "differently from and less favorably than his Anglo-American counterparts in terms of wages, hours and conditions of employment."

Among these treatments include him having to pay $3,000 for a championship ring in 2000 which other employees received for free, lack of season tickets for the Spanish language announcing team and that he was not entitled to any one-on-one interviews with star player Kobe Bryant.

The claims made by Gonzalez are wide-ranging and could be potentially damaging for a high profile team such as the Lakers at a time when the NBA is becoming very sensitive to issues of equality.

The LA Times report that Gonzalez is seeking at least $1 million in damages.

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