Complaint claims bias in U.S. Open selections

By Chase Goodbread
Times-Union sports writer

William Washington, who announced early last week that he will organize a picket of the U.S. Open because he believes his son, Mashiska, was passed over for a 1998 U.S. Open wild card because he is black, has taken his stand a step farther.

Washington's attorney, Ellis Rubin, said he has filed a formal complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

''The complaint is in,'' Rubin said. ''The next step is an EEOC investigation. What comes out of that investigation will be very important to our goals.''