Sued for non-payment by a group of coaches, the owner of Sacramento's moribund minor league football team vowed today to make good on the debt.
Paul Pelosi, majority owner of the Sacramento Mountain Lions and husband of Rep. Nancy Pelosi, also told The Bee that he hopes the team and the league can resume operations next spring.
Pelosi acknowledged that his coaches are still owed pay after the Mountain Lions and the entire United Football League suspended operations during mid-season last fall.
"I'm committed to pay them and they will be paid," Pelosi said. He added that the team's players have been paid.
Former assistant coaches Rick Courtright, Charles Bresnahan, Fabien Bownes and Kerry Locklin sued Pelosi last week in San Francisco Superior Court. Bresnahan is a former assistant coach with the Oakland Raiders.
Also suing is video assistant Garrett Wolfe. The five are represented by attorney Harmeet Dhillon, vice chair of the California Republican Party. She told the San Francisco Chronicle the lawsuit has nothing to do with Pelosi's Democratic connections.
The suit seeks payment of more than $200,000 in total.
Pelosi said he and other league owners are attempting to revive the UFL next spring. "It can't happen until we get all the damn bills paid quickly," he said.
He said he believes coaches of other UFL franchises are also owed money.
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