The New Orleans Saints have been ordered by an NFL arbitrator to pay more than $384 Brian Dawkins Jersey ,000 to a fired personal assistant to late team owner Tom Benson.
Documents obtained by The Associated Press show that the Saints were ordered to pay Rodney Henry $100,000 plus interest for unpaid overtime and $94,300 plus for the violation of a clause in his employment contract stating he was entitled to a termination fee if anyone other than Benson himself fired Henry.
Arbitrator Harold Henderson also ordered the Saints to pay Henry’s attorneys’ fees of $190,000.
The Advocate newspaper first reported the ruling.
Henry’s initial lawsuit in November 2015 accused the Saints not only of failing to pay overtime, but also of firing him for complaining that Benson’s wife Christine Michael Sr Jersey , Gayle, made racially insensitive comments about him. Henry, who is black, has not been awarded any damages for claims of racism.
Before the matter was referred to arbitration, which is not public Michael Gallup Jersey , the Saints denied all allegations. In a written statement in January 2016, the Saints said Tom and Gayle Benson, who are white, considered Henry ”part of their family,” and were disappointed by his allegations of discrimination.
Gayle Benson is now the sole owner of the Saints and NBA’s Pelicans Boomer Esiason Jersey , having inherited the clubs after her husband’s death last March.
Henry was Benson’s personal assistant dating back to the 1990s, serving in that role during two stints spanning close to 25 years.
The Saints could chose to appeal Henderson’s ruling in federal court, but have not announced any intention to do so.
AP NFL website: Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shad Khan calls permanently removing tarps from EverBank Field ”the most important thing” for the small-market franchise.
The Jaguars removed four tarps from the upper deck for the playoffs last season, opening up 3,500 additional seats.
The team announced in February it would keep the tarps off for good because of an increased demand for season tickets.
Khan says ”the look it gives us is not a good look for the city; it’s not a good look for the Jags.”
The tarps became part of the stadium after Jacksonville had half of its home games blacked out on local television between 2001 and 2004. Stadium capacity is now 67 Marcus Cooper Jersey ,932, and Khan says filling those seats creates a home-field advantage that has been missing from Jacksonville for years.
He says ”a key lesson for me is I don’t want to go back to when we don’t have a home-field advantage. That means no tarps. That means fans cheering the Jags on. I think it’s a vital, vital competitive advantage.”
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