National Sports Briefs: Fired crew member sues
CHARLOTTE ó Carl Edwards’ former car chief sued Roush Fenway Racing, accusing the organization of firing him shortly after his suicide attempt.
Jason Myers said his dismissal in February violated the Family Medical Leave Act. He filed a civil complaint in Cabarrus County Superior Court seeking more than $10,000 in compensatory and punitive damages.
The suit says Myers suffers from a “major depressive disorder” and attempted suicide twice in 2008, when he was second in command to crew chief Bob Osborne during Edwards’ nine win Sprint Cup season. He had been demoted to mechanic at the start of 2009, shortly before a third suicide attempt six days before the season-opening Daytona 500.
COLUMBIA, S.C. ó South Carolina forward Dominique Archie says he is removing his name from the NBA draft and returning to school for his senior season.
– PEORIA, Ill. ó Authorities say former Illinois basketball standout and 2001 Big Ten Player of the Year Frank Williams has been arrested on drug charges.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla ó The dispute between the NCAA and Florida State University over sanctions that could force the school to forfeit wins in 10 sports and a national track championship is drawing scrutiny from some of the state’s elected officials.
Longtime football coach Bobby Bowden could possibly lose as many as 14 of his career if the penalty from an academic cheating case sticks.
SANTA ANA, Calif. ó Alcohol was found in the woman who was driving Los Angeles Angels pitcher Nick Adenhart before they were both killed in a collision in April.
The tests show Courtney Stewart, 20, consumed alcohol shortly before the crash.
Stewart, along with Adenhart and Henry Pearson, died when their car was broadsided April 9 in Fullerton.