Kolby Listenbee never really made a splash in the NFL after a pretty successful campaign for the TCU Horned Frogs.
After a lawsuit alleging Listenbee was forced to play through injuries during his last year at TCU surfaced in Dallas Wednesday, it appears he wasn’t healthy leaving school when the Buffalo Bills selected him in the sixth round in 2016.
Kolby Listenbee, a former Horned Frogs wide receiver, filed a lawsuit in Dallas County on Wednesday and stated that Patterson and others were negligent in dealing with an injury Listenbee he suffered in September 2015 against LSU. Court records indicate Listenbee is seeking more than $1,000,000 in damages.
Patterson, former TCU athletic director Chris Del Conte, former co-offensive coordinator Doug Meacham and the Big 12 were listed among the defendants in the lawsuit.
Listenbee claims that he was “harassed, humiliated, pressured and threatened” by Patterson, Meacham and TCU assistant coach Rusty Burns during his final year with the Horned Frogs. Burns was also listed as a defendant in the lawsuit.
Until the NCAA starts to use some of the money piled up from not having to pay athletes, I hope this lawsuit & ones like it are successful. Listenbee is an example of a player who couldn’t afford to miss time in college but wasn’t able to crack a lineup in the pros, yet could be left on his own to deal with injuries sustained while he was an active player.
He’s one of many, most of which you’ve probably never heard of.