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Armond Armstead Sues USC

Will Robinson |
August 30, 2012 | 3:52 p.m. PDT

Senior Sports Editor

Armstead's lawsuit states that USC restrict Armstead's ability to transfer after doctors would not clear him to play in 2011 (Neon Tommy/Shotgun Spratling).
Armstead's lawsuit states that USC restrict Armstead's ability to transfer after doctors would not clear him to play in 2011 (Neon Tommy/Shotgun Spratling).
Former USC defensive lineman Armond Armstead has filed a lawsuit against the school, claiming that a painkiller given to him by USC doctors led to a heart attack he suffered in March 2011. Due to USC doctors never clearing him to play his senior year in 2011, Armstead’s lawsuit claims that he missed the potential to be drafted in the NFL and make millions of dollars.

“Such a level of financial success depends on fielding superior players game after game,” Armstead’s lawyer Roger A. Dreyer stated today.

The lawsuit, filed in Los Angeles County, lists the university, the University Park Health Center and USC team doctor James Tibone as the defendants in the lawsuit, which could be worth millions of dollars in damages.

The lawsuit claims that USC doctors repeatedly gave Armstead doses of Toradol -- a painkiller like to ibuprofen -- to relieve his injured shoulder. The lawsuit states that the doses “were a substantial factor in causing the myocardial infarction.”

Armstead was one of USC’s better defenders in 2010 during a historically bad defensive campaign. Armstead’s lawsuit claims that USC prohibited Armstead’s efforts to transfer to another institution last fall, destroying his chance to be a high draft pick by an NFL franchise. Armstead currently plays in the Canadian Football League for the Toronto Argonauts.

Armstead’s little brother, Arik, was considered one of the top recruits in the 2012 recruiting class who gave a verbal commitment to USC. Arik rescinded his commitment last fall during the height of the issues between USC and Armond. 

UPDATE: 4:16 PM: The Sacramento Bee's Joe Davidson reached Dreyer for comment. Dreyer stated, "This suit is a violation of trust." Read more here.

UPDATE: 4:20 PM: USC has released a statement about the lawsuit.

USC statement on Armond Armstead lawsuit: “It would be inappropriate at this time for USC to make a comment about the lawsuit.”

— Pedro Moura (@PedroMoura) August 30, 2012

 

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