Former employee brings suit against Tigers, Bosio

Posted at 6:48 PM, Jul 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-26 18:48:39-04

DETROIT (AP) — A former clubhouse attendant has brought a discrimination lawsuit against the Detroit Tigers and former pitching coach Chris Bosio.

In a complaint filed this week in Wayne County Circuit Court, Derrell Coleman II, who is black, accuses Tigers management of tolerating “a culture of racism” and says Bosio called him a “monkey” in June of 2018. The suit says Coleman has experienced mental anguish and emotional distress.

The Tigers announced on June 27, 2018, that Bosio was being fired for “insensitive comments” that violated team policy. Bosio later told USA Today he was fired for using the word “monkey” but insisted it wasn’t in a racial or demeaning context.

The Tigers said in a statement Friday that the team has a “zero tolerance policy” for workplace harassment. It was not clear if Bosio had an attorney.