Stories of several former TCU football players have been added to the lawsuit filed by former Horned Frogs receiver Kolby Listenbee, alleging abuse of injured players by the university and head coach Gary Patterson.
In total, there are five players – Lonta Hobbs, Ed Wesley, David Johnson, Stansly Maponga and Cameron White – who claim that they were verbally abused and pressured to play in spite of the serious injuries that they had sustained.
The new allegations date all the way back to 2002. Listenbee – who enrolled at TCU in 2012 – claims that is evidence of protracted, routine misconduct throughout the football program. Not having proper medical staff or equipment on campus, the lawsuit alleges, made it harder for players to get the quality of diagnosis and treatment that they needed.
Three of the players named in these new allegations – Hobbs, Wesley and White – state that they were pressured to return to play despite having suffered concussions which should have warranted they sit out longer.
The lawsuit also states that Johnson was forced to undergo an accelerated recovery from a knee injury he suffered in 2012 and that Patterson cut him from the team after he re-injured the knee in 2013. According to the suit, Johnson had noticed other players were also told that a slow return to practice after an injury could mean they’d be cut as well.
Along with Patterson, former athletic director Chris Del Conte and the Big 12 Conference are also a part of the lawsuit.
The full text of the updated lawsuit can be found here.