Thursday, April 27, 2000

Former player sues Bengals

Eddie Brown says team owes money for injury

By Dan Horn
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Former Bengals wide receiver Eddie Brown sued the team Monday for money he claims he is owed for injuries he suffered during his playing days.

        Mr. Brown, now retired from pro football, said in his lawsuit that the Bengals have refused to pay a workers' compensation claim he was awarded last year.

        The lawsuit, filed in Hamilton County Common Pleas Court, states that Mr. Brown herniated a cervical disc while playing for the Bengals in 1991.

        He filed a workers' compensation claim and was awarded 16 weeks of pay from the team.

        “Defendant Cincinnati Bengals maliciously, intentionally, wrongfully, illegally and in bad faith withheld the ordered permanent partial disability compensation,” the suit states.

        Bengals officials could not be reached for comment late Monday.

        The lawsuit claims the failure to pay compensation has deprived Mr. Brown of “economic benefits and opportunities.”

        Mr. Brown, a former first-round draft choice, played for the Bengals from 1985 to 1991.

        His lawsuit seeks payment of the workers' compensation claim and unspecified damages.

        The lawsuit states that Mr. Brown seeks an award for punitive damages that “will appropriately and fully punish and set an example of defendant Cincinnati Bengals.”


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