Injured Player Sues

July 26, 2018

Eric Williams, a former football player for McGill-Toolen (Ala.) High School is suing his alma mater, claiming they were responsible for his traumatic brain injury while he was playing as a defensive back.

According to Lagniappe Weekly, Wiliams said that on May 7, 2015, he “suffered several blows to the heads” during practice drills, and experienced “signs of a concussion,” including a headache and stronger emotional reactions. He said that Carl Jackson, who coaches linebackers, allowed him to continue practicing despite these symptoms.

The school's policy mandates that any student-athlete who shows symptoms of a concussion will be removed from competition for the rest of the day, and not be allowed to return until a medical doctor clears them to play. Despite this, Williams alleged that Jackson allowed him to return to practice where he suffered additional blows to the head and lost consciousness, leading to a traumatic brain injury that has resulted in “permanent physical, emotional, neurological and cognitive deficits.”

The suit accuses the school's athletic trainers, coaches, and administrators of negligence, as well as Encore Rehabilitation, which employs McGill's athletic trainer, Drew Garner.

“[He] was permitted to continue to participate in football practice without any restrictions,” the complaint claims. “At no point did any one of the defendants receive a written clearance for [Williams] to return to play from a licensed physician.”

Gwendolyn Byrd, Executive Director for Catholic Education for the archdiocese refused to comment, saying, “It is our policy not to discuss the personal issues of students nor to comment on legal proceedings.” 

SEARCH for Products
SEARCH for Vendors

Lockers That Work

Looking for lockers for your team rooms? All-Star sport lockers from List Industries have raised the bar with their quality, functionality, and durability. All-Star locker feature List’s exclusive Hollow-T framing system that has ½” 13-gauge flattened expanded metal sides for maximum ventilation, safety, and rigidity. Plus, interlocking body components create a sturdy sports locker that … CLICK TO READ MORE...

Moving Up to the Pros

After years of success serving the college athletic market, G2L Window Systems got the call up to the pros. A G2L system was installed in one of the suites at Lincoln Financial Field, home of the Philadelphia Eagles. G2L Window Systems feature frameless, open-air design that allows fans to enjoy the sounds and smells of … CLICK TO READ MORE...

Record Boards Suited for the Diamond

Baseball and softball season is just around the corner, so this a perfect time to think about the best way celebrate the accomplishments of these teams. Austin Plastics & Supply offers a large variety of record display boards designed specifically for baseball and softball. Most focus on individual season and career records for pitching and … CLICK TO READ MORE...

MSSU’s Design Continues to Inspire

To this day, Samson Equipment’s completed project at Missouri Southern State University (MSSU) remains one of the company’s favorite state-of-the-art weight training facility remodels of all time. Now, the layout serves as inspiration for other athletic departments that wish to fully customize their weight and conditioning facilities and become #SamsonStrong. In the video below, see … CLICK TO READ MORE...

Kansas City Chiefs Show Commitment to Safety

For over 35 years, Allen Wright, Director of Equipment for the Kansas City Chiefs, has watched the sport of football evolve as one of the hardest-hitting sports in the world. With that comes his constant concern over whether he is providing his team with the best possible gear, especially when it comes to helmets. That’s … CLICK TO READ MORE...