Former University of Louisville (“Louisville”) defensive lineman Patrick Grant filed suit against Louisville and head football coach Charlie Strong and stated he was coerced to cover up a beating he received in the team locker room by two teammates. Grant’s lawsuit alleges he was beaten “so badly that he required immediate, urgent care and nearly lost his left eye.” Grant claims Louisville’s athletic trainer instructed him to “lie and cover up the fact that his injuries were at the hands of his teammates.” Grant claims he agreed to do so “[o]ut of fear and desire to play….[and told] the doctor he was horsing around in the locker room and hit his eye on a locker door.” Ultimately, Grant was forced to have surgery to repair his damaged left eye and he alleges his scholarship was canceled during a telephone conversation with Coach Strong. The suit alleges Louisville violated NCAA rules when cancelling his financial aid without a hearing and, thus, seeks reinstatement of his scholarship. He also seeks compensatory damages.
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