Former NBA player sues United Airlines for $10 million over 'race-baiting' incident – Yahoo Sports

Former NBA player Eric Murdock won a wrongful termination lawsuit against Rutgers University in 2016. (AP)More

Former NBA player Eric Murdock has filed a $10 million lawsuit against United Airlines that alleges a flight attendant “race-baited” him during a dispute over an open seat, according to multiple reports.

Murdock’s lawsuit details the alleged incident

According to the lawsuit, first reported by the New York Daily News and later outlined by USA Today, Murdock, 50, asked to sit in the open exit row behind him with his son, who was seated in another row on the same flight home to New Jersey from Las Vegas this past July. The unnamed flight attendant, a white woman, allegedly denied his request, telling him the seats cost an unspecified premium price.

When a passenger ticketed for the exit row arrived and offered to switch seats with Murdock, the flight attendant again denied him, the lawsuit said. Then, when a white woman sat in the remaining open exit row seat later in the flight, the attendant allegedly did nothing, offering her a beverage instead.

When the flight attendant offered Murdock’s row service, she asked him if he was “going to boycott” his beverage — an “obvious” example of “race-baiting,” the lawsuit said, via the New York Post.

A second passenger joined Murdock’s lawsuit

When another passenger, Brenda Williams, who is also black and has joined the lawsuit as a co-plaintiff, confronted the flight attendant about her mistreatment of Murdock, the attendant allegedly screamed at Williams, demanded she stop recording the incident and tried to take away her phone, warning of police action. Williams denied recording the altercation, according to the lawsuit.

In front of a number of Murdock’s colleagues and fellow former professional athletes, four armed TSA employees removed Murdock and Williams from the plane upon its arrival in Newark. The two

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