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Reggie Bush Suing City Of St. Louis Over Season-Ending Knee Injury (GIFs)
San Francisco 49ers running back Reggie Bush tore his ACL during his team’s loss to the St. Louis Rams on November 1. The injury ended his season and, given the fact that he is 30 years old, could very well end his career.
Now Bush is suing the City of St. Louis, which owns and operates the Edward Jones Dome.
The injury in question occurred in the first quarter of the Week 8 contest. Bush was chased out of bounds by Rams defenders and sprinted through the crowd of people on the sidelines as he tried to safely come to a stop. However, for some reason the turf at the stadium is surrounded by concrete. When Bush hit the concrete with his cleats, his slipped, fell, and crashed into the wall.
Take a look:
Reggie Bush injured after slipping and falling in St. Louis: pic.twitter.com/8yfBLROXB1
— Deadspin (@Deadspin) November 1, 2015
According to CBS Sports, who first broke the news, Bush has hired former high-powered L.A. attorney Shawn Holley, a member of the famous O.J. Simpson legal team along with Johnnie Cochran and Robert Kardashian. The lawsuit will likely accuse the City of St. Louis of “gross negligence given the potential danger of having such a slippery surface abut the playing field.”
If you ask me, though, the blame for Reggie’s injury ought to lie with the league, the Rams, and the NFLPA, not the city.
Yes, of course it is stupid to have concrete surrounding the playing field. But the NFL, the teams, and the players association should be monitoring stadiums and looking out for player safety. If the team or the league expressed concern about the concrete and the city did nothing, then that’s on the city. However, the concrete around the field at the Edward Jones Dome has been there for years, and nobody did anything about it until now.
Nevertheless, the fact that Bush is suing the city suggests his legal team thinks they have a better shot at winning that case. So I guess the billionaire NFL owners win again.
Hat Tip – [CBS Sports]