But if you believe young'uns come by these things honestly, then it won't so much as send a shiver up your Kentucky waterfall to hear that daddy Cyrus Billy Ray is now in a little mess of trouble. He (and his estranged wife) are being sued for half a mil, according to the Tennessean, by a former road manager claiming age discrimination.
The manager, Paul A. Abraham, 61, had worked on Cyrus' farm "Singin' Hills" (yep!) doing chores and making repairs, and then was hired in 2007 to manage the whole road-touring shebang — nearly 20 people and the "tour, travel, show and family arrangements." Apparently, he didn't exactly knock it out of the park. Says the story:
According to the lawsuit, filed late Monday in Davidson County Circuit Court, Cyrus told his half-brother that Paul A. Abraham was "old and dumb and don't know anything about running a farm."
Maybe don't hire your farmhand to run your musical empire? Just a suggestion. I'm certainly no legal expert, but saying someone "doesn't know anything about running a farm" sounds like you're saying they weren't good at their job. Far be it from me to defend a good ole boy, but it just sounds like Billy Ray is probably just guilty of a really unsophisticated way of saying he wasn't happy with dude's performance.
The fact that he mentions age is where it gets tricky. It sounds like Cyrus was just throwing it in for good measure — like the way you might verbalize an itemized list of all the reasons you hate someone out loud, just 'cuz (e.g., "Not only is he a really bad dancer, but he's got bad hair, too"). But since offensive remarks about age certainly fall under the discrimination umbrella, this one's a toss-up.
Any takers on a bet? Who thinks the old guy'll get the dough?