Former Steeler Settles Case Against Casino

Michael Merriweather, a former linebacker for the Pittsburgh Steelers, has settled his federal lawsuit against The Meadows Racetrack and Casino in Pennsylvania, according to the Associated Press.

Terms of the settlement were not disclosed.

The case stemmed from allegations Merriweather leveled against the casino he was once an employee at. According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Merriweather claimed, while he worked at the property for nine months as the director of sports marketing, he was subjected to terrible — and unlawful — behavior by superiors because of his race.

Merriweather is black.

He also claimed he was stiffed on money. His lawsuit said he was supposed to be paid salary plus commission, but a white superior screwed him out of money repeatedly.

The suit alleged that when he complained about the issue, management gave him the run-around. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that “[e]ventually, a group of white managers stopped responding to the former linebacker’s emails, inviting him to meetings and even greeting him in the hallways, the lawsuit alleged…A superior eliminated Merriweather’s office and told him to work in a common area, the lawsuit indicated.”

Merriweather was fired in January 2012.

He was originally seeking payment of lost wages, punitive damages and attorney fees.

The Meadows is owned by Cannery Casino Resorts and The Washington Trotting Association.





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Rooney: Big Ben must retire as a Steeler

Roethlisberger, who turns 32 in March, has two years left on his contract. The Steelers signed him to an eight-year, $102 million deal in 2008, when he had two years left on his original contract.

Rooney wouldn't commit to the Steelers doing the same this offseason, but he is confident a deal will get done that allows Roethlisberger to accomplish his stated goal of playing his entire career with Pittsburgh.

"When both sides are able to come together on an extension. I don't know when that will be, but there's no doubt we look at Ben as somebody who's going to be here for the long term and hopefully five or more years, " Rooney said.

Roethlisberger played every snap this season and threw for 4, 261 yards while setting a Steelers record for completions in a season (375) and becoming the franchise's career leader in touchdown passes (219).


Ben Roethlisberger set a Steelers record for completions in a season (375) and became the franchise's all-time leader in touchdown passes (219) in 2013.

Ben Roethlisberger

He thrived in his 10th season, particularly after the Steelers started running their no-huddle offense. His play was one of the biggest seasons the team went 6-2 in the second half of the season to finish 8-8 and just outside of the playoffs.

Rooney said he is pleased with the direction of the offense, which is a strong indication that Todd Haley will return for a third season as offensive coordinator.

"I think the second year of a new offense, you would hope for progress, and I think that's what we got, " Rooney said. "I think Ben showed the kind of leadership that he's capable of both on and off the field, getting through what was a very trying first half of the season. I think he was certainly one of the guys that kept the ship running in the right direction. "

Rooney said coach Mike Tomlin is still evaluating his staff and that he would not comment on coaches until that process is complete. Tomlin already has made one change, firing offensive line coach Jack Bicknell Jr. on Friday after just one season.


"We feel good about the coaching staff in general, and we'll see where we go, " Rooney said. "I certainly like the way we finished the season. There are a lot of things we can build on, in particular a lot of young players showed that they have what it takes to be good players in this league. We're excited about getting started on next year. "

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