Jerry Jones reaches set­tle­ment

The Kansas City Star (Sunday) - - BASEBALL -

Com­pa­nies con­trolled by Dal­las Cow­boys owner Jerry Jones have paid out about $10 mil­lion to the two em­ploy­ees se­ri­ously in­jured in the 2009 col­lapse of the team’s prac­tice fa­cil­ity, the at­tor­ney for the two said Mon­day.

At­tor­ney Frank Bran­son said the pay­ments in cash and other ben­e­fits to team scout Rich Behm and spe­cial­teams coach Joe DeCamil­lis to­taled about $5 mil­lion each. The pay­ments set­tle law­suits the two brought against Cow­boys Cen­ter Ltd. and Blue Star Devel­op­ment Co.; Cow­boys Cen­ter owned the steel and fab­ric fa­cil­ity as well as the land on which it stood.

Behm was par­a­lyzed from the waist down, and DeCamil­lis suf­fered a bro­ken ver­te­bra when the build­ing col­lapsed in a wind storm on May 2, 2009. Both still work for the team, which wasn’t sued.

Bran­son also dis­closed that a pre­vi­ous set­tle­ment with the builder, Sum­mit Struc­tures LLC of Al­len­town, Pa., paid Behm $19.5 mil­lion and DeCamil­lis $4.5 mil­lion.

“Based on what these men and their fam­i­lies have been through, it would be hard for any­body to say there’s too much money to give them,” Bran­son said.

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