Former Arizona Cardinals Vice President Terry McDonough filed an arbitration motion with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell against owner Michael Bidwill, and his accusations remind those against owner of Washington Commanders Daniel Snyder.
McDonough wrote that Bidwill’s widespread workplace misconduct is far worse than the misconduct of former Crosstown Phoenix Sun’s owner Robert Sarver.”
ESPN received a copy of the complaint, accusing Bid of a series of misconduct, including fraud, discrimination and harassment.
McDonough was vice president of the Cardinals from 2014 to 2019. In the allegation, he claimed that potential opportunities for further development of his Michael Bidwil career had disappeared after he refused to go with Bidwill’s fraud. McDonough claims compensation for emotional distress and breach of contract.
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After McDonough, Bid reacted with a demonstration against him after he opposed a plan to reverse the suspension of former General Manager Steve Keim in 2018. McDonough claims that Bidwanted him and then head coach Steve Wilks to communicate with the general manager over burner phones.
The file said McDonough expressed his hesitation and Wilks’ hesitation in swallowing the rules, which reportedly led to McDonough being yelled at and cursed before being written for insubordination by Bidwill. According to Schfter, McDonough said he still has the phone, which allegedly contains evidence of the fraud scandal.
Arizona finished 3-13 in 2018 and Bidwill fired Wilks. McDonough accused Bidwill of sabotaging the NFL’s next coaching opportunity. McDonough also claimed that Bidwill has continued to “demonstrate and molest him” ever since.
Cardinal’s external PR consultant, Jim McCarthy, addressed McDonough’s allegations in an extensive statement Tuesday and claimed it was the fault of another mobile phone system executive. They added that Bidwill took “quick action” to stop the forbidden communication.
“We are reluctantly required to give a public response, along with a broader context, to some disappointing and irresponsible actions by Terry McDonough,” said Jim McCarthy, Cardinal’s external public relations consultant. “The allegations you made in an arbitration proceeding are completely false, reckless and an opportunistic profit-making maneuver.
“Our position was consistent with many efforts we made to accommodate Terry during his time with the team, despite the difficulties in his personal life and his often volatile behavior towards his colleagues,” McCarthy said. “That’s why we’re saddened to see Terry now attacking our organization with mismatches and threats that are absurdly contradictory to the facts. This unnecessary and repressive action by Terry was intended to malign his colleagues, our owner Michael Bidwill, and our team with flagrant accusations.”