Former KNBR talk-show host Ralph Barbieri is suing his former employer for $10 million for wrongful termination, he told 95.7-KGMZ on Monday.
Filed Monday in San Francisco County Superior Court, the lawsuit says that Cumulus Media, Inc. fired Barbieri, 66, after learning that he had been diagnosed with Type-2 diabetes and Parkinson's disease.
Barbieri fought laryngitis as he talked with 95.7 hosts Brandon Tierney and Eric Davis, explaining what he viewed as discrimination on the part of Cumulus Media executives Lew Dickey and Bill Bungeroth and KNBR program director Lee Hammer. All three, along with Cumulus Media and KNBR, are named as defendants in the lawsuit.
Barbieri, a fixture on the Bay Area sports-radio scene since 1984, was fired in April.
At that time, Bungeroth said in a prepared statement: "It is completely implausible that the termination of Ralph's contract had anything to do with his age or the fact he was diagnosed with Parkinson's. KNBR renewed his contract this past fall with full knowledge of those circumstances."
Earthquakes rookie midfielder Sam Garza, the No. 6 overall pick in the MLS draft, suffered fractured ribs in practice and is expected to be out four to six weeks.
Garza, who scored twice in a 2-1 victory over Fort Lauderdale in the third round of the U.S. Open Cup on May 29, was injured when he collided with defender Steven Beitashour.
Wide receiver Francis Owusu of Westlake Village, told scout.com that he will play for Stanford.
The 6-foot-3, 195-pound Owusu, the younger brother of former Stanford receiver Chris Owusu, is rated a four-star recruit by both scout.com and rivals.com. He is ranked 27th among the nation's high school receivers by rivals.com and 28th by scout.com.
Stanford freshman Kristian Ipsen and partner Troy Dumais will head into Friday's finals as the top seed after scoring a semifinals-best of 876.00 in the 3-meter synchro at the U.S. Olympic Trials in Federal Way, Wash.