DALLAS (AP) – Dallas Cowboys passing game coordinator Todd Haley is suing a suburban McDonald’s after claiming his wife and their family’s au pair found a dead rat in their salad.

The lawsuit filed Thursday in state district court seeks $1.7 million in damages, The Dallas Morning News reported on its Web site.

In addition to Haley, who got in a well-publicized shouting match with Terrell Owens earlier this month, the suit was also filed on behalf of his wife Christine and the family’s live-in babysitter, Kathryn Kelley.

The dead rodent, believed to be a juvenile roof rat, was about 6 inches long and was found on its back with its mouth opened, Scott Casterline, a spokesman for the family, told The Associated Press.

He said the women didn’t find the rat until taking the salad home to eat, and that a manager from the McDonald’s “didn’t offer any comfort” after driving to their house to see the rodent. The suit was filed after the restaurant didn’t follow through on promises “to make things right,” he said.

“The family needs closure,” Casterline told The Associated Press. “It came to a point where you have to draw a line.”

A message left for McDonald’s Corp. spokesman Walt Riker on Thursday evening was not immediately returned. Ken Lobato, owner-operator of the McDonald’s in Southlake, told the newspaper that he hadn’t seen the suit and couldn’t respond.

“Nothing is more important to us than the safety and well-being of our customers,” he said. "We maintain the strictest quality standards. We take these matters seriously and are conducting a full investigation to get all the facts.

“In my years as an owner-operator, I’ve never seen anything like this.”

According to the lawsuit, Christine Haley and Kelley had eaten part of the salad purchased June 5 before the dead rodent was uncovered.

The women became violently ill and endured long-lasting physical injuries, the lawsuit said. Chritine Haley, who was nursing, states she had to feed her baby with formula.

In the Cowboys’ loss against Philadelphia on Oct. 8, Owens was seen screaming at Haley on the sideline. Owens later said his relationship with Haley was ruined, but then said after his three-touchdown game against the Texans on Oct. 15 that there was mutual respect between the two.

Better be true! These guys don’t screw around with fakers.

The McRatty! Sounds tasty.

1.7mil, you gotta be f’ing kidding me. This along with the lawsuits that cause real damage with little compensation. Case… my brother-in-law fell off a faulty ladder while out on a maintenance job (works for the cable company). Broke his back, can barely walk now a year later, in constant pain. 100k settlement.

rat in salad 1.7mil? Did the rat come back to life and destroy everything she owns? maybe then 1.7mil

There have been so many of these lawsuits and most have been fake. i saw this with the phony Pop content lawsuits. People claimed to have found everything from fingers to bugs. just for the record, Pop cans are filled upside down to prevent foreign objects from getting in. That’s one reason they were able to get convictions on some of these characters. Big companies are really starting to go after these claims to set a precedent.

As if Parcells didn’t have enough to worry about. T.O., Bledsoe/Romo, and now the Great Rat Caper. “Coach, about that dropped ball in the 4th quarter, was that T.O.'s, fault, and if so do you regret signing him, or Romo’s, and should you have stuck with Bledsoe, or was it the fault of your passing coordinator, who is too distracted by the rat lawsuit?”

Or the passing coordinator is trying to set himself up while waiting for the axe to fall.
When TO arrives, you know your life will soon turn to a living hell.

I heard a story (from the USA obviously) about a guy who chopped his finger off, doing DIY. He and his wife had the bright idea to put it a chilli con carne ready meal, and then sue the maufacturers of the meal.

He tried it and failed, the company got him on the fact that non of their employees had reported a lost finger…and that if they had then the finger that the man found was raw, and would have been cooked along with the chilli if it was really found in the meal!

I think that guy got some jail time.