The Arizona Cardinals-Terry McDonough saga continues with Monday's report from ESPN that McDonough, the former vice president of player development for the Cardinals, is accusing the team and owner Michael Bidwill of defamation and invasion of privacy in response to comments the team posted on its website and shared with reporters.
In an amended arbitration complaint filed last Friday to Jeffrey Mishkin, the arbitrator the NFL chose to hear the dispute between McDonough and the Cardinals, McDonough's camp claims the Cardinals and Bidwill "publicly disclosed private facts" about him and made "false and defamatory statements about McDonough" that the team knew "to be false" as part of an "effort to intimidate and harass him and his family members."
ESPN obtained the amended complaint. The Cardinals issued a statement in response to it on Monday afternoon.
"We are aware of the amended complaint and remain confident in our position. We are precluded from commenting further based on an existing confidentiality order that binds all parties," the Cardinals' statement read.
Last month, McDonough filed the original arbitration claim to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell accusing Bidwill of gross misconduct, including cheating, discrimination and harassment.
The allegations include that both McDonough and former Cardinals head coach Steve Wilks were coerced by Bidwill into using burner phones to communicate with then-general manager Steve Keim during Keim’s five-week suspension in the summer of 2018 after pleading guilty to extreme DUI in Chandler.
The Cardinals responded with a statement they said they had not wanted to make public, in defense against McDonough's allegations. Jim McCarthy, an external public relations advisor to the Cardinals, said that claims McDonough made were wildly false, reckless, and an opportunistic ploy for financial gain.
“Our position was consistent with many efforts we’ve made to accommodate Terry during his time with the team, despite difficulties in his personal life and his often volatile demeanor toward colleagues,” the statement from McCarthy continued. "This unnecessary vindictive action by Terry was intended to malign his co-workers, our owner Michael Bidwill, and our team with outlandish accusation."
McDonough has vowed that he will continue to pursue legal action against Bidwill.
In addition to the damages McDonough sought in his original complaint, the amended complaint asks Mishkin to be compensated for damages for defamation and invasion of privacy. It states, per the complaint, that attorneys for McDonough and his family are preparing a civil complaint against McCarthy to hold him "accountable for his grossly defamatory statements."
This article originally appeared on Arizona Republic: The latest in the Arizona Cardinals-Terry McDonough drama, per ESPN report