A former professional basketball player is suing United Airlines in a lawsuit “that alleges a flight attendant “race-baited” him during a dispute over an open seat“, according to Yahoo News.
Eric Murdock played in the NBA for nine seasons, playing for various teams. Murdock averaged 10 points per game over the course of his career.
The lawsuit stems from a situation where Murdock asked to sit in open exit row seats with his son back in July. His son was seated in a different row during a flight home from Las Vegas to New Jersey.
A white, female flight attendant didn’t allow the switch and told Murdock that the seats cost an additional fee.
The flight attendant also wouldn’t allow Murdock to switch seats to the exit row when a passenger seated there offered to switch with him. During the flight, a white woman sat in the other exit row seat and the flight attendant did nothing besides offering her a drink!
The story gets really weird when the flight attendant offered beverage service to Murdock’s row. The lawsuit says that “she asked him if he was “going to boycott” his beverage — an “obvious” example of “race-baiting“.
Another passenger has joined Murdock in his lawsuit against United Airlines.
Another passenger, Brenda Williams spoke up on behalf of Murdock during the flight. The flight attendant supposedly yelled at Williams and told her to stop recording the incident, threatening her that the police would be involved.
Williams, who is also black says that she wasn’t recording the event.
Armed TSA agents removed Murdock and Williams from the plane when it arrived in Newark. They were interviewed and then released.
Based on the story being portrayed by Murdock and Williams, it sounds like United Airlines has a lot of explaining when it comes to how their employees treat passengers.
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