PATRIOTS FACE LAWSUIT FROM FORMER CHEERLEADING COORDINATOR
Lisa Coles, director of the Patriots cheerleaders for three
years until July, has filed a $100,000 lawsuit against the club
over her firing. In the civil suit, Coles claims that Patriots
management demanded that she outfit her cheerleaders in "more
suggestive and skimpier" two-piece uniforms and that she change
the dance music to "rock rather than that of black artists."
Coles attorney Fred Golder said that Coles is looking for the
$100,000 she anticipated making this year in commissions, as well
as punitive damages, including for emotional distress: "She
anticipates losing $300,000." Patriots Public Relations Director
Don Lowery dismissed Coles' suit: "This lawsuit has no merit. It
is a very minor issue. You sometimes make changes when there is
a new owner" (Jim Greenridge, BOSTON GLOBE, 10/13).