Derrell Coleman, a former Detroit Tigers clubhouse attendant, is suing the team and former pitching coach Chris Bosio over alleged racial discrimination.
Coleman filed a lawsuit Thursday claiming a “culture of racism was tolerated by the upper echelons of management, as African American employees were treated differently than their similarly-situated white counterparts,” in line with courtroom docket paperwork.
Coleman claims he was known as a “boy” and a “monkey” by Bosio all through Spring Training 2018. Coleman moreover alleges Bosio threatened to “skin [him] the [expletive] alive” after leaving an unnamed object in Bosio’s locker as a prank.
The Tigers fired Bosio in June 2018, his first 12 months with the team. Bosio was the Chicago Cubs’ pitching coach from 2012 to 2017.
Bosio threatened to sue the Cubs for wrongful termination. Coleman alleges he suffered post-traumatic stress dysfunction when the Tigers requested him to work up a written assertion regarding the incidents involving Bosio.
Coleman accuses the Tigers of suspending him for leaving bats inside the clubhouse. The lawsuit says a white clubhouse attendant was not disciplined for not packing catcher’s instruments for a road journey to Chicago.
Coleman labored for the Tigers in 2017 and 2018. The lawsuit moreover claims the Tigers took advantage of Coleman after he disclosed he has Asperger’s Syndrome.
The Tigers have not publicly commented on the lawsuit.