Former Jets player says team cut him because he’s bi-polar

New York Jets linebacker Erin Henderson, right, pushes a tackling sled during a minicamp session. (Julio Cortez/AP)

NEWARK, N.J. — A former New York Jets linebacker sued the team Friday because he says they cut ties with him because of his bi-polar disorder.

Erin Henderson’s lawsuit filed in New Jersey Friday says that the team failed to accommodate his disability and wrongfully terminated his employment, costing him more than $3 million.

The Jets declined to comment through a spokesman. The team declined its 2017 option on Henderson in February.

The suit says that the team’s placing him on the Non-Football Injury list last season without saying why led other teams to think that it was related to previous alcohol problems, hurting his ability to sign with other teams. Henderson was released by the Minnesota Vikings in 2014 after two arrests for DWI. He pleaded guilty to DWI and was sentenced to two years’ probation.

The suit says he was treated by a team psychiatrist and he also discussed it with officials including Coach Todd Bowles. The suit says that the NFI decision damaged Henderson’s reputation and he’s suffered severe economic and emotional distress.

He was signed as an undrafted free agent out of Maryland by the Minnesota Vikings in 2008.

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