T.J. Simers, the sports columnist and occasional TV personality who ankled the Los Angeles Times this summer and landed at the Orange County register, is suing his former employer for discrimination and wrongful firing.
The news was reported by Courthouse News Service.
Simers (shown above interviewing Dodgers legend Sandy Koufax) states among other things in the filing that he “suffers from a complex migraine syndrome, a condition his employers knew about when they pushed him out of the company in September.”
In addition, Simers, who made his reputation with bombastic columns that poked at major figures in the sports world, argues that “he and three other writers were told not to write pieces critical” of former Los Angeles Dodgers owner Frank McCourt (although the paper overall covered McCourt’s travails extensively and critically).
The final straw for Simers’ employment at the Times appears to have been a television deal he and his family signed with Mandalay Sports Entertainment, shortly after Simers wrote a column and then appeared in a video with his daughter and former Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard that was tied to Mandalay.
Simers has been posting several times a week for the Register since mid-September.