By KATE MCKEE and ROBERT KLEINMANAssociated PressThe NFL has agreed to pay $15.8 million to a man who was fined $250,000 for using a water-filled water bottle to wash his face.
The Los Angeles Rams announced Tuesday that they have agreed to a settlement with James A. O’Neil, whose lawsuit filed in April accused the league of violating its anti-discrimination policy by not enforcing its longstanding policy prohibiting discrimination based on gender.
The Rams agreed to the settlement after agreeing to pay the $15,000 fine and pay a $50,000 penalty to O’Neill, who will be eligible for reinstatement after serving his suspension, according to a statement from the team.
“We are grateful to the NFL for its commitment to protecting the integrity of the league and its players, and we look forward to returning to our stadium to play our home games this season,” O’Neal’s attorney, Mark Rosenbaum, said in a statement.
“This settlement is another step in our pursuit of justice and to ensure that the rights of all Americans are protected by law.”
The NFL said in its statement that it is pleased with the settlement.
The league also said that it will be reviewing the fine and will review any further steps taken in the future.
In January, the NFL received an investigation into O’Donnell’s allegations.
He was suspended for the first four games of the 2016 season after the NFL’s investigation determined that he violated the league’s policy on racial discrimination.
O ‘Neal’s lawsuit also alleged that the league was biased in favor of African-American players in favor the league as a whole.
The NFL released a statement on Monday saying that the organization is committed to its core values of diversity and inclusion.
“The NFL will continue to be the premiere sports league in the world for more than 80 years,” the statement said.
“Today’s settlement demonstrates that the NFL takes these issues seriously and we will continue our ongoing efforts to build an environment that promotes fairness and equality for all.”
I thank the NFL, the players, coaches, staff and the entire Los Angeles community for their commitment to making our games and our fans safe and enjoyable places to enjoy football and the opportunity to compete.
“The Rams will play the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.