April 17, 2024

Terry McDonough and family file lawsuit against Cardinals owner Michael Bidwill and others

The NFL’s secret, rigged, kangaroo court docket can solely hop to date.

Former Cardinals govt Terry McDonough and a number of family members have filed swimsuit against Cardinals owner Michael Bidwill and others over final yr’s P.R. assertion issued after McDonough made his arbitration declare against the crew. The new lawsuit is particularly crafted to keep away from any argument by the NFL that the claims ought to go to arbitration.

On Friday, an arbitrator dominated that the Cardinals should pay McDonough $3 million for the false and malicious statements made within the press launch. These new claims fall past the boundaries of the arbitration declare — and, presumably, past the flexibility of the NFL to power the case out of open court docket.

The plaintiffs are McDonough, his spouse, and his daughter. The defendants are Bidwill, the Cardinals, the P.R. agency of Counterpoint Strategies, P.R. govt Jim McCarthy, the regulation agency of Gallagher & Kennedy, and lawyer Donald Peder Johnson.

The lawsuit alleges that McCarthy, Bidwill, and the regulation agency sought to “dig up dirt” on the McDonough family so as to discredit McDonough after he made a authorized declare against the Cardinals.

From paragraph 66 of the civil criticism: “During his first meeting with Johnsen and Bidwill. McCarthy stated that it was his objective to find information about Terry McDonough that would support allegations of domestic violence, rampant infidelity, illicit drug use, drunk driving and other unlawful activities.”

The eventual assertion attributed to McCarthy accused McDonough “extreme domestic violence” against his spouse, and that he “abandoned” his daughter and “cut her off financially.” The NFL’s arbitration course of concluded that these had been lies, informed with precise malice.

The lawsuit features a defamation declare by McDonough against the P.R. agency and McCarthy, and against the regulation agency and Johnsen. (Those events fall past the attain of the NFL’s necessary arbitration clause.) McDonough’s spouse and daughter declare defamation by all defendants. (These family members will not be events to the settlement requiring arbitration.)

The plaintiffs additionally make claims against the identical defendants for negligence and intentional infliction of emotional misery. Again, McDonough sues everybody however Bidwill and the Cardinals. His spouse and daughter sue everybody.

The lawsuit was filed in Arizona state court docket. Because Bidwill is a resident of Arizona, the defendants will be unable to take away the case to federal court docket, the place company defendants and the wealthy/highly effective typically get a greater shake.

Unlike the NFL’s arbitration course of, which is obsessive about secrecy, many info concerning this case will change into public report. Indeed, there’s a very good probability that a lot of the arbitration course of (e.g., deposition transcripts and the transcript of the arbitration listening to) will change into public, too.