Former USC football player Armond Armstead filed a lawsuit against the school and other defendants Thursday, claiming he received improperly administered painkilling injections that caused him to suffer a heart attack and hurt his chances for an NFL career.
The University Park Health Center and James Tibone, the Trojans' team physician, and an unnamed pharmaceutical company also are named as defendants in a 38-page lawsuit that was filed in Los Angeles Superior Court.
The suit also claims that USC representatives concealed the injections from other physicians and also hindered Armstead's attempt to transfer to another school for his senior season and to be drafted by an NFL team.
Damages sought are not specified, but Armstead's attorney, Roger A. Dreyer, said in a phone interview that a high NFL draft pick could earn tens of millions over the course of a career.
"The issue is about accountability," Dreyer said, "not how much it's worth."
USC declined to comment.
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