Erin Henderson files suit against Jets for wrongful termination
By Staff and wire reports
Sep 29, 2017 at 12:20 PM
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 bi-polar disorder.
Filed in New Jersey 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 with 133. He missed one season to 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.