Scott Pioli looks on from the sidelines as the Chiefs prepare to face the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 1, 2012 in Denver, Colorado.
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INDEPENDENCE, Mo. - EDITOR'S NOTE: Story updated by web staff to reflect court testimony.
Former General Manager Scott Pioli faced tough questions Thursday in an age discrimination trial against the Kansas City Chiefs.
"It was more about having pride in the workplace and pride in your job and pride in general and respect for the people you work with and for," Pioli said, answering questions about a candy wrapper he found on the stairs.
Pioli sat as attorneys for Cox combed through dozens of emails, exposing intense requests that often had to be handled by former maintenance manager Steve Cox. The tasks ranged from doors that slam too hard to a ball of hair found on the floor.
Despite these emails, Pioli claimed he stayed out of the business side of the Chiefs.
But another former employee, Brenda Sniezek, testified she felt like Pioli was constantly asking her age. She wasn't allowed to tell jurors why the Kansas City Chiefs let her go, but she has also filed an age discrimination lawsuit. She said she heard an executive claim they were "sick and tired of old entitled employees."
"I found it odd that we were talking about old people and entitlements," she said.
In testimony not presented to the jury, Sniezek said that she worked for the Chiefs for almost thirty years, while claiming she was replaced by someone younger.
Testimony resumes Friday.
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