Former TCU wideout Kolby Listenbee filed a lawsuit on Wednesday against coach Gary Patterson, a number of TCU employees and the university, according to a report from ESPN.
Listenbee claims that there was pressure for him to play through an injury and is suing the Big 12 for a “lack of policies, procedures and protocols” in safeguards against coaches pressuring athletes to play through injuries.
Listenbee is seeking monetary relief for more than $1 million, outlined in court records.
Listenbee claims that in 2015 he was “continually harassed, humiliated, pressured, and threatened” by Patterson, then offensive coordinator Doug Meacham and others to return to play from a pelvis injury before he had healed.
Additionally, Listenbee claims that the injury “requires a minimum of six months of rest and rehabilitation,” but was cleared after only two weeks although he was still in pain, claiming he was given “continuous injections” by the TCU training staff of local anesthetics and corticosteroids, sometimes before games and during halftimes.
Listenbee says this later forced him to undergo surgery to repair two sports hernias that required a metal plate placed in the “area to fuse his pelvic bones together.” Listenbee also says that he was “never able to play in the NFL due to his pelvic instability.”
TCU responded with the following:
“As a practice, Texas Christian University does not comment on the specifics of pending litigation. However, TCU takes tremendous pride in its long-standing tradition of excellence in providing a positive experience for its student-athletes, especially in the areas of care, prevention and rehabilitation of athletic injuries.”
TCU athletic director Chris Del Conte was also named in the lawsuit.