A retired NBA star was kidnapped this summer by a United Airlines flight following a confrontation with a race-hungry flight attendant about a seat change, he claims in a lawsuit. Former Utah The 50-year-old jazz point guard Eric Murdock, who once held the league's record for stealing, flew from a conference in Las Vegas, flight 1537, back home to Newark Airport in July when he asked to stay with his son in the empty emergency exit row behind him to sit. The man in another row said in a $ 10 million lawsuit filed in Brooklyn with a fellow traveler.
Flight attendants told him that the series cost a "premium" price, but did not say how much, Murdock claimed in court papers. When a passenger capable of passage appeared just before the start for the course and had offered to change the place with the 6-foot 1-Baller, he agreed.
But an angry companion did not have it, claims Murdock.
Rude and dismissive Attendant, "whom Murdock identified only as" Jane Doe, "commanded Murdock to return to his assigned seat, claiming the line must remain empty.
But after 30 minutes, she allowed a white woman to sit there The companion was white.
Another passenger, Brenda Williams, who is black and did not know Murdock before the flight, asked why Jane Doe Murdock did so The servant allegedly yelled that it was none of his business, blamed her for recording the incident with her cell phone, and tried to pull the device out of her hands, according to court records.
Murdock returned to his Later, as Jane Doe went down the aisle to the beverage service, she allegedly asked Murdock if he wanted to "boycott" drinks
The athlete "respond I'm not into the obvious racial acts, "the complaint says.
In a statement, Murdock said he feared the country's current divisive climate "encourages people to be the worst versions of themselves.
When the plane finally landed, Murdock, a resident of New Jersey, and Williams were deported by security forces and questioned by armed guards from the Transportation Security Administration before they were allowed to leave without charge.
The "unauthorized" "removal, which took place before other professional athletes and colleagues of Murdock, was humiliating, claiming Murdock and Williams in their discrimination proceedings against United.
A word from the United Nations Oman said the company had" zero tolerance "for discrimination and would investigate the allegations.
This article originally appeared in the New York Post.