Former Jets Linerbacker Suing Team for Unjust Termination & Discrimination

Oct 17, 2016; Glendale, AZ, USA; New York Jets linebacker Erin Henderson (58) against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Jets will be soon be facing a lawsuit stemming for an incident with a former player.

New York Jets ESPN reporter Rich Cimini announced late Monday that former Jets linebacker Erin Henderson is suing the team for wrongful termination and disability discrimination.

Henderson, who signed with the Jets in 2015 after sitting out the 2014 season, claims the team placed him on the non-football injury list unjustly last October, according to Cimini and NJ Advance Media. The team then declined his player option in 2017, making him a free agent. Henderson’s troubling past is likely what lead to his placement on the list.

As an undrafted free agent in 2008, Henderson began his career by signing with the Minnesota Vikings. He started two games in 2009 before being suspended for violation of the league’s banned substances policy.

He remained with Vikings until early 2014, but was ultimately released following two suspected DUI arrests.

Henderson is reportedly seeking $3.3 million in compensatory damages, plus punitive damages, according to Cimini. He reportedly suffers from bipolar disorder and claims the Jets did not provide him with proper treatment and/or care during his stint in New York.

– Kyle Hirshkind is the Managing Editor for cover32/Jets and covers the New York Jets. Like and follow on

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