USC, the football team, will face its first battle of the season this Saturday against Hawaii. USC, the school, could soon enough face a battle of a different kind with one of its former student-athletes.
In a story from the Sacramento Bee, former USC defensive tackle Armond Armstead is suing the school. Armstead’s lawsuit, filed Thursday, claims “team doctors repeatedly administered a painkiller to him that gave him a heart attack, and that after he recovered the school blocked his attempts to transfer and cost him a shot at the National Football League.”
News of Armstead’s health problems began surfacing in spring of last year when he was admitted to the hospital. The situation was identified possibly as a heart problem, but it was never real clear. That was followed by months of uncertainty about Armstead’s status before the defensive end sat out the 2011 season.
The whole situation was bizarre and rather vague.
Once considered a high draft prospect, Armstead instead went undrafted in 2012 and now plays in the Canadian Football League. The lawsuit does not say how much in damages the player is seeking, although it could reach into the tens of millions, per his attorney.
The school has not responded to the lawsuit as of yet.
Armstead played in 28 games for USC from 2008-10, including 17 starts. He recorded 59 tackles, 10.5 of which were for a loss. Armstead’s younger brother, Arik is a freshman D-lineman at the University of Oregon.