Ex-NFL player sues over racial discrimination

Posted at 5:32 PM, Apr 22, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-22 18:13:20-04

7 Action News first told you about Quentin Hines last month after his post alleging racial discrimination at a Mount Clemens bar went viral.

The former NFL player and current Mount Clemens High School football coach says he was called the "N" word by the bartender/manager at Madison's Pub while dining there. He also says that bartender/manager labeled him as "black guy" on his receipt.

Hines says he decided to file a racial discrimination lawsuit because he hasn't received an apology and says the bar needs to take corrective action.

"This is about showing racism is alive. It's about creating some type of change that can bring about unity. It's nothing about money. What bothers me the most is that they didn't take responsibility," says Hines.

After Hines shared his post last month, Madison's Pub said in its own post that it would immediately investigate and take whatever corrective action is necessary. Hines says the owner reached out to him and asked for proof of what happened, but never gave an apology.

"I want a message sent, so others aren't done this way," says Hines.

The lawsuit was filed against Madison’s Pub, it's parent organization and the bartender. It cites online posts from people who said they witnessed what happened.

The lawsuit alleges racial discrimination, denial of public accommodations, negligent supervision of employees and intentional infliction of emotional distress. It leaves the court to decide on damages.

7 Action News reached the attorney representing Madison's. We are waiting for a call back.

At this point, it's not clear if that manager/bartender still works there.