A former Notre Dame football player is suing the university for negligence, alleging that results of a spinal scan were concealed from him and that he should not have been allowed to continue playing. Instead, former linebacker Douglas Randolph alleges, he played the entire 2015 season. Afterward, his complaint said, Randolph was diagnosed with spinal stenosis and has been told he has potentially permanent nerve damage in his neck. The complaint, filed this month in St. Joseph Circuit Court, names coach Brian Kelly among the defendants. It does not specify an amount being sought for damages. Notre Dame issued a statement Thursday expressing confidence "that the allegations made in this lawsuit are baseless." The full statement from Paul J. Browne, vice president for public affairs and communications: "We will respond in full to these claims in court, but what we can say with certainty is that nothing is more important to Notre Dame than the safety and well-being of our students. With that in mind, we believe our athletics doctors and trainers are second to none and we are completely confident that these health-care professionals provided proper medical care to the plaintiff in this case. We are equally confident that the allegations made in this lawsuit are baseless."
Notre Dame responds to lawsuit of former player: "Confident that the allegations ... are baseless"
Indianapolis Star | Sep 8