- Two former employees have filed suit against the Detroit Lions, claiming they were wrongfully terminated based on age and race. Robert Yanagi, a man of Japanese decent, and Michael Richardson, an African-American, were both fired from the video department in January. The details are scarce, but the Detroit Free Press has some of the particulars of the lawsuit, and they are troubling, if true:
Nine days later, Richardson filed a complaint to the team’s human resources department over “racist comments by an employee in the Detroit Lions Scouting Department and disparate treatment by an employee in the Detroit Lions Team Operations Department,” according to the lawsuit. The filing also states Yanagi asked this same employee in the scouting department to stop joking about race.
Yanagi also reported to human resources that Quinn “treated him differently because of his race and therefore he was concerned about losing his job.”
The Lions have released a statement on the accusation, simply saying, “We are aware of the report. Because the report involves ongoing litigation, it would inappropriate for us to comment at this time.”
- Both Theo Riddick and Graham Glasgow had news conferences on Tuesday. You can watch both of them below:
Watch Graham Glasgow live at the podium: https://t.co/U0MAEQALac— Detroit Lions (@Lions) May 8, 2018
- LeGarrette Blount has an incentive-laden deal, but now that the Lions have drafted Kerryon Johnson, it looks like Blount probably won’t hit a lot of those marks.
- The Lions have added a new member to their scouting staff, a former veteran of the Buccaneers’ scouting team:
The Lions have added Brian Hudspeth to the scouting staff. The 18-year scouting veteran has previously worked for the Falcons, Texans and Bucs.— Justin Rogers (@Justin_Rogers) May 7, 2018
- Here’s your daily reminder that Golden Tate is very good and has been an underappreciated part of the Lions offense:
Since 2013, no WR has forced more missed tackles after the catch than Golden Tate. pic.twitter.com/gjh2bcLvFp— PFF DET Lions (@PFF_Lions) May 8, 2018
- Tim Twentyman has written about the five biggest positions to watch during the Lions’ offseason.
- This is a pretty neat feature on how sports audio is broadcast through TV every game, and it includes a brief Lions moment in which it appears Travis Swanson, among offensive linemen across the league, was wired for sound.