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Ex-USC D-lineman suing school over painkiller injections

Armond Armstead AP

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.

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8 Responses to “Ex-USC D-lineman suing school over painkiller injections”
  1. seanb20124 says: Aug 30, 2012 6:11 PM

    His medical condition was always a mystery, now it has been solved

  2. thekatman says: Aug 30, 2012 7:45 PM

    So, how does Armond make this play out when he states that he was forced to take injections of a substance he knew nothing about. Why would anyone allow a doctor to inject them without understanding the reasons of “why”? It’ll be interesting to see what he says when he’s cross examined.

    This is a bogus lawsuit, IMHO, and another attempts for the family to try to get money from the school, and a shifty Compton lawyer wanting make a quick and dirty buck.

  3. craigmaitland says: Aug 30, 2012 7:57 PM

    Seems like such a bitter story for a layer who never lived up to his potential.

  4. jimsjam33 says: Aug 30, 2012 8:10 PM

    I guess he is okay to play in the Canadian Football League . He’ wasting everybodies time .

  5. irisheyesnate says: Aug 30, 2012 8:41 PM

    It’s pretty clear!

    He wants to be paid just like the rest of the big players that ever attended USC!

    GO IRISH!!!!!!!

  6. motherscratcher23 says: Aug 30, 2012 9:07 PM

    What is wrong with you people.

    This is a man who was admitted to a hospital with a heart problem. He is claiming that it was caused by injections administered by team doctors.

    I have absolutely no idea if the heart problem and the pain killer injections are related AND NEITHER DO ANY OF YOU.

    But, if the injections did cause him to have heart problems and were administered by team doctors who should have known of the possible side effects, then of course there is validity to his suit.

    I have no idea why any of you think this is frivolous based on the information at hand.

  7. papabush88 says: Aug 30, 2012 9:56 PM

    Most likely a frivolous lawsuit.

  8. kozbee says: Aug 30, 2012 10:56 PM

    Wonder what pain killer the doc`s were giving him,sure alot of pain killers have bad side effects and can cause heart conditions and other symptions.

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