A clubhouse attendant that was fired by the Los Angeles Angels on March 3 has filed suit against the club claiming that he was unfairly depicted as "a scapegoat" in Major League Baseball's efforts to curb the use of foreign substances.
Brian Harkins, who was an employee of the Angels for four decades, was found by MLB to have provided a blend of sticky substances to illegally aid pitchers' abilities to grip the baseball.
The complaint, filed Aug. 28 by Harkins' attorneys, lists defamation and false light as causes of action against both the Angels and MLB, and labor-code violations as a cause of action against the Angels.
A jury trial is demanded. MLB and the Angels declined to comment on the situation.