Kenny Lofton is being sued for allegedly firing an employee after he reported that the once-prolific basestealer was sending lewd images of himself to females through his Instagram account, which a female employee unwittingly discovered.
The six-time All-Star is accused of sending pictures of his penis to women through direct messages on Instagram. Whether the pictures were unsolicited or not isn't clear, but Lofton hired a female to manage his Instagram, and she was ultimately forced to see the images.
Lofton is the owner of two companies; Centerblock Asset Management LLC and Proxime Corporation, which TMZ Sports says are an "investment firm and NFT marketplace."
Brandyn Toney was not the female employee that unwillingly saw the messages, but he says that once one of his colleagues informed him of the NSFW content multiple women received, he reported it to the attorney that works for Lofton's company. On that same day, Toney says he was fired. He also says that he was told he would be paid $85,000 upon being hired in December of 2021, but was never paid any money despite working for the company until June of 2022.
Alleging that he was fired directly because he spoke out on Lofton's actions, Toney is suing Lofton "for damages and more."
"Lofton and his executive team thought they could fire our client for objecting to obvious sexual misconduct and even thought they could get away with not paying him for his work," Toney's attorney, Ronald L. Zambrano, told TMZ Sports. "That speaks to the arrogance and dysfunction at play every day at Centerblock and Proxime."
Over a 17-year career, Lofton led the league in stolen bases on five occasions, ultimately finishing his career with 622 stolen bases, which are 15th in MLB history. Lofton also racked up 2,428 hits in his career and was a four-time Gold Glove Award winner.
Lofton -- who last played in 2007 -- spent a decade with the franchise now known as the Guardians over three different stints. He was well traveled in his career, also playing for the Houston Astros, Atlanta Braves, Chicago White Sox, San Francisco Giants, Pittsburgh Pirates, Chicago Cubs, New York Yankees, Philadelphia Phillies, Los Angeles Dodgers and Texas Rangers.