Former Pittsburgh Steelers running back and Pro Football Hall of Famer Jerome Bettis has filed a racial discrimination lawsuit against Pittsburgh-based EQT Production Company, the Associated Press reported Thursday.
The lawsuit cites a breach of contract and seeks a total of $66 million in damages.
Bettis — who had promoted EQT for their commitment to diversity — claims they owe his IntegrServ trucking company monetary compensation, and that they did not fulfill their promise to use minority-owned businesses.
“Especially in times like these, we had to file the lawsuit because everyone deserves to be treated fairly and that simply didn’t happen here,” Bettis told the AP.
EQT denies any wrongdoing, and alleges it was Bettis’ side of the partnership that failed to satisfy their end of the contract.
Inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2015, Bettis is eighth on the NFL’s all-time rushing list with 13,662 yards. After starting his career with the Rams franchise, Bettis spent the final ten years of his career in Pittsburgh, making four Pro Bowls and winning Super Bowl XL in his final game.