Sports oddsmaker Jimmy "The Greek" Snyder has filed two $10 million legal actions in state and federal court claiming CBS used his comments about black athletes as an excuse to fire him because of his age.
The 73-year-old Snyder, a regular on the "NFL Today" show, was fired Jan. 16, 1988, after 12 years with CBS.An age discrimination suit is pending in state Supreme Court, Larry Weinberg, a spokesman for Snyder said.
The other legal action, a request for arbitration, seeks damages for defamation and breach of contract.
Court papers filed in conjunction with the arbitration petition said the firing aggravated Snyder's health problems and prevented him from finding a new job.
"We consider that the actions are completely without merit and don't merit a response beyond that," said Susan Kerr, CBS Sports spokesperson.
CBS said Snyder was let go because of remarks he made to a reporter at WRC-TV in Washington who was getting comment from people in a bar about Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday.
In the interview, Snyder said black people had been bred to be better athletes since the Civil War.