CBS Sports is reporting that former Louisville Cardinal football player Patrick Grant is suing the university and head coach Charlie Strong.
Grant claims the parties involved asked him to cover an attack on him by some of his teammates in Oct 2010. Grant is also suing the school for rescinding his scholarship after he said he was promised that he’d be allowed to finish getting his degree at the school.
Grant was allegedly attacked by teammates and brothers Jacob and Isaac Geffrad in the locker room. The 2 allegedly beat Grant so bad, he almost lost an eye.
Lawsuit: “His injuries to his left eye area were severe,” the lawsuit states. “Several of the bones surrounding it were broken, and he was internally bruised. In other words, Patrick had sustained a ‘blowout fracture’ caused by a blunt trauma to the head. These are generally caused from personal altercations. His eye was bulging, too. His treating physician was required to probe around the eyeball without any anesthesia in order to determine the extent of Patrick’s injuries.”
Grant had to undergo surgery after the attack, and was forced to receive some facial implants. The Geffrad brothers were charged with assault and kicked off the team.
Grant alleges in the lawsuit that after all that, he was asked to cover up the attack for the good of the university.
Lawsuit: “On the way to the hospital, the team’s trainer told Patrick to lie and cover up the fact that his injuries were at the hands of his teammates,” the lawsuit states. “Out of fear and desire to play, Patrick lied as instructed, telling the doctor that he was horsing around in the locker room and hit his eye on a locker door.”
Grant says he was forced to give up football after having vision problems, then had his scholarship rescinded after he could no longer play.