Former exec sues Cardinals, owner after $3 million win

Terry McDonough follows arbitration award with law suit against Cardinals

Former Cardinals executive Terry McDonough was awarded $3 million by an NFL arbitrator after the team issued a statement that McDonough abused his spouse and neglected his disabled daughter.

Following that decision, McDonough is suing the team, owner Michael Bidwill. lawyers and the crisis communications firm for defamation and other claims in Arizona state court.

McDonough was the team’s vice president of personnel and he was hurt and defamed in a statement issued last April accusing the executive of abuse and neglect. McDonough denied both of those accusations.

In a 62-page decision, arbitrator Jeffrey Mishkin found the statements made by the Cardinals under the guidance of Counterpoint Strategies were “false and defamatory.” Mishkin dismissed McDonough’s other claims in his arbitration complaint to the NFL.

“Each of the defendants brought ruin to the McDonough family name for no purpose other than to divert attention from the fact Bidwill terminated Terry for refusing Bidwill’s order to use burner phones to get around the suspensions of the team’s general manager,” attorney Mike Caspino said in a statement first obtained by ESPN.

Cardinals face additional issues once the matter goes to court

The $3 million arbitration judgement from the NFL may be just the start of the legal problems facing the Cardinals in this dispute. Caspino pointed out that when the issue goes to trial in the court, the team will no longer have any kind of protection from the league itself.

“We look forward to presenting our case to a jury, where Bidwill and the Cardinals will no longer enjoy the protection of the NFL’s rigged arbitration system.”

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