OC high school football player injured in hazing ritual, lawsuits say


The family of a former player of the announced high school football team Mater Dei sues the school for negligence, alleging he was seriously injured in a team-hazing ritual known as “Bodies” in which two players hit each other repeatedly until a surrender, we learned on Wednesday.

The lawsuit, filed Tuesday in Orange County Superior Court, accuses team head coach Bruce Rollinson of having a “scandalous” dismissive attitude about “dangers created by the bodies,” a reported the Orange County Register.

“This is especially true in light of the fact that Mater Dei’s administration and coaches value the school’s status as a nationally recognized football power in relation to the health and safety of its people. underage athletes, “said the trial, according to the registry.

The lawsuit alleges negligence, per se negligence, hazing in violation of the California Criminal Code, negligent failure to warn, train or educate, intentionally inflict emotional distress. In a statement to the Registry, Mater Dei officials said: “An independent and thorough investigation has been carried out. We are unable to comment further due to the involvement of minors.

Rollinson did not respond to the newspaper’s requests for comment.

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According to the newspaper, the then-Mater Dei player participated in the Bodies ritual in February, facing off against a teammate who weighed 50 pounds heavier. The smaller player – identified only as Player 1 – suffered a traumatic brain injury, two gashes to his right eye, one to the left eye and a broken nose that required surgery, according to the registry, which reviewed four police reports, the surgeon’s reports, medical records, emails from Mater Dei, letters, forms, records, memos, two videos and court documents.

Player 1 then withdrew from Mater Dei. The other player involved, Player 2, remains on the team.

According to the register, court documents support that Rollinson told Player 1’s family that he was at a “dead end” in terms of Player 2’s discipline, because that player’s father is a volunteer coach for the team. .

The newspaper reported that Mater Dei officials initially refused to cooperate with investigators from the Santa Ana Police Department who were investigating the brawl and, in subsequent interviews with police, denied the existence of a hazing. in Mater Dei’s football program.

The Orange County District Attorney’s Office declined to press charges for the scuffle that resulted in Player 1’s injuries, saying in part that it viewed the altercation as a case of mutual fighting, the registry reported.

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