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Former Louisville Player Suing School, Charlie Strong Claiming He Was Asked To Cover Up Assault

Former Louisville football player Patrick Grant is suing the university and head coach Charlie Strong. He claims he was asked to cover up an assault on him by two teammates that took place in the Louisville locker room on Oct. 24, 2010. The two players were dismissed from the team eventually and charged with first-degree assault.

But Grant claims the alleged assault itself wasn’t the only wrong he suffered. According to the lawsuit, Grant was asked to cover up the circumstances of his injuries immediately after they took place.

“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 indicates. “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 suffered severe injuries to his left eye, which eventually resulted in him quitting football. He claims Strong promised him he could keep his scholarship through 2011-12, but revoked it on January 4, 2012.
“That scholarship would allow Patrick to continue in school in pursuit of a graduate degree in his chosen field: criminal justice,” the suit states.
But according to the lawsuit, that scholarship was canceled on Jan. 4, 2012. When Grant protested that the cancellation broke an agreement, Coach Charlie Strong, “simply ended the call and hung up the phone,” according to the lawsuit.

[Photo via USA Today Sports]

 

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