Two former Detroit Lions employees are filing a lawsuit against the organization accusing they were fired due to comments made about their race and treated unfairly based on their age.
Robert Yanagi 58, former Lions director of video operations and Michael Richardson 52, assistant video director filed a lawsuit in Wayne County Circuit Court last month. They both have been fired without justification back in January and having two replacements within the next month.
According to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press, Michael Richardson reported to the Lions Human Resources department that he was a victim to “racists comments by an employee in the Detroit Lions scouting department.”Robert Yanagi had also asked the same employee to “stop making jokes about his race.”Yanagi had 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 released a statement on Tuesday afternoon, saying, “we are aware of the report. Because the report involves ongoing litigation, it would inappropriate for us to comment at this time.”