Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Concussion Suit: Former Falcon Cody Silk Sues BGSU, Coach Clawson

Toledo News Now reported last night that former BG football player Cody Silk sued Bowling Green State University and Coach Clawson (along with 3 others) for permanent neurological damage related to concussions suffered while he played football for Bowling Green.  The suit alleges that as a freshman Silk's helmet did not fit properly and he suffered four concussions and was not treated properly.  It also alleges breach of contract when Silk's scholarship was taken away.  You can watch the news report below to get a briefing...mostly on the allegations, since BG does not respond to ongoing litigation. News, Weather

I have no knowledge of the facts of this case beyond the allegations in this story, but I do believe you are going to see increasing numbers of lawsuits of this kind in the coming years.

Here is what was said about Cody Silk in BGSU's release when he signed his LOI.

Cody Silk, OL, 6-4, 275, Sterling Heights, Mich. (Warren De La Salle)
High School: Currently attends Warren De La Salle High School ... coached by Paul Verska ... earned All-Catholic League Honors ... ranked as the No. 47 player in the state of Michigan by the Detroit Free Press.

That was in February 2010. In March of 2011, after his redshirt year, we were reporting that he was no longer on the roster.  He was a Clawson recruit and not a Brandon holdover.

Because he is suing the State of Ohio (BGSU is a state University), the case goes to the Ohio Court of Claims.

UPDATE:  The Sentinel has some more details and timelines on this issue.

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