Ex-Terp files suit vs. Jets

Baltimore Sun - - RAVENS & NFL -

Erin Hen­der­son, a former star line­backer at Aberdeen High School and the Univer­sity of Mary­land, has sued the New York Jets be­cause he says they cut ties with him be­cause of his bipo­lar dis­or­der.

Filed in New Jersey on Fri­day, Hen­der­son’s law­suit says the team failed to ac­com­mo­date his dis­abil­ity and wrong­fully ter­mi­nated his em­ploy­ment, cost­ing him more than $3 mil­lion.

The Jets de­clined to com­ment through a spokesman. The team did not pick up its 2017 op­tion on Hen­der­son in Fe­bru­ary.

The law­suit says that the team plac­ing him on the Non-Foot­ball In­jury list with­out say­ing why led other teams to think that it was re­lated to pre­vi­ous al­co­hol prob­lems. Hen­der­son was re­leased by the Min­nesota Vik­ings in 2014 af­ter two ar­rests for DWI. He pleaded guilty to DWI and was sen­tenced to two years' pro­ba­tion.

The suit says Hen­der­son was treated by a team psy­chi­a­trist and that Hen­der­son also dis­cussed his con­di­tion with team of­fi­cials, in­clud­ing head coach Todd Bowles.

In his fi­nal sea­son at Mary­land in 2007, Hen­der­son was a first-team All-At­lantic Coast Con­fer­ence line­backer, lead­ing the con­fer­ence in tack­les with133. He missed one sea­son be­cause of a knee in­jury and, af­ter earn­ing his de­gree, de­cided to forgo his se­nior year of el­i­gi­bil­ity.

Older brother, E.J., was an All-Amer­ica line­backer at Mary­land and a sec­ond-round pick in the NFL. Af­ter Erin Hen­der­son went un­drafted, he signed with the Vik­ings, join­ing his brother there. They played three sea­sons to­gether.


Former Aberdeen and Mary­land stand­out Erin Hen­der­son sued the New York Jets on Fri­day be­cause he says they cut ties with him be­cause of his bipo­lar dis­or­der.

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