A former University of Louisville football player has sued the school and coach Charlie Strong and says he was coerced into covering up a beating in the locker room by a pair of teammates.
Former Cardinals defensive lineman Patrick Grant of Sunrise, Fla., alleges that two teammates attacked him Oct. 24, 2010, in the locker room at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium and, according to the lawsuit, beat him ''so badly that he required immediate, urgent care and nearly lost his left eye.''
Grant says that, while on the way to the hospital, the team's trainer told him to ''lie and cover up the fact that his injuries were at the hands of his teammates.''
''Out of fear and a desire to play, Patrick lied as instructed, telling the doctor he was horsing around in the locker room and hit his eye on a locker door,'' attorney Gregg Hovious of Louisville wrote in the suit, filed Dec. 21 in Jefferson Circuit Court in Louisville.
Hovious did not immediately return a message from The Associated Press...