Former Equipment Manager Sues Rams

Dec 12, 2011; Seattle, WA, USA; St. Louis Rams coach Steve Spagnuolo reacts during the game against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-US PRESSWIRE

We talked here on the site a while ago about the Rams letting go equipment manager Todd Hewitt, and we discussed how he was likely let go because he was getting up there in age. Well, it looks like Hewitt feels the same way. Hewitt has sued the Rams for firing him illegally for age discrimination.

In his suit, Hewitt claims former coach Steve Spagnuolo made comments about his age. “During the time that Mr. Spagnuolo was the head coach for the Rams, he made statements to Mr. Hewitt about his age, including in 2009, when he told him he was too old for his job,” the complaint states. “Mr. Spagnuolo also told Mr. Hewitt that his employment was ‘NFL’ which means ‘Not For Long’ employment.”

Also from the Courthouse News Service, “After being fired, Mr. Hewitt contacted one of the team’s owners, Chip Rosenbloom, who told him that his firing ‘shouldn’t have happened,’” the complaint states.

I’d say Hewitt has a pretty compelling case, and considering he was with the organization for 40 years and was NFL Equipment Manager of the Year in 1997, he was by all accounts good at his job. Now, I wasn’t there in the room so I can’t say if he was good or not, but it seemed a little fishy from the start. If the Rosenbloom conversation is accurate, then this thing certainly has some legs.

Topics: Age Discrimination, Chip Rosenbloom, Courthouse News Service, Equipment Manager, St. Louis Rams, Steve Spagnuolo, Todd Hewitt, Wrongful Termination Suit

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