Former commissioner Jerry Kurz is quietly in the league’s spotlight once again, this time treading waters with the league he helped found, pressing a Civil Rights-Employment lawsuit against the Arena Football League and current commissioner Scott Butera.
According to Dockets.Justia.com and PacerMonitor.com, Kurz filed the Diversty breach of contract employment suit against the defendents on July 21, 2016 in the Illinois Northern District Court.
Judge Manish S. Shah is slated to oversee the case, which is listed to include a jury demanded by the plaintiff.
Kurz served as the AFL’s commissioner from 2010-14, returning the league from the one-year lockout of 2008-09 before Butera took the reigns at the conclusion of the 2014 season.
Before his time as commissioner, Kurz worked with the AFL for its first 23 seasons, making his 28 years of experience the second longest tenured member of the league’s history just behind founder Jim Foster.
Members of Shah’s office were reached out to by Soul Nation, but her and her staff are "out of the office until August 8."
Soul Nation also reached out to Kurz Friday evening, but he did not comment on the situation as of press time.
We will keep you up to date on the story as it continues to develop.