Ex-Oregon player sues after controversial training sessions

A former Oregon offensive lineman is suing the university, the NCAA, and former Ducks coach Willie Taggart, claiming he sustained lifelong injuries after controversial training sessions in 2017.

Doug Brenner is demanding $ 100 million in compensation from the NCAA and $ 25.5 million in compensation from all defendants, according to USA Today. He filed the lawsuit in March in Oregon State Court, and the trial is set to begin on Tuesday.

“For decades, the NCAA has refused to ban these remarkably dangerous training exercises – exercises designed for punishment rather than conditioning,” one of Brenner’s attorneys, Greg Kafoury, told USA Today. “They have refused to do so for the sake of their own organization’s interests, rather than the safety of young athletes. We are seeking a punitive reward large enough to force them to change their minds.”

The lawsuit, according to ESPN, was originally filed in 2019, but was changed last month after the discovery – which included statements from NCAA President Mark Emmert and the NCAA’s chief medical officer.

Doug Brenner admitted after training

According to the lawsuit, according to ESPN, Brenner Taggart and former Oregon strength and conditioning coach Irele Oderinde accused of negligence, saying that they imposed physical punishment on players and that they failed to ensure that Oderinde was trained properly. Oderinde, the trial claims, was not certified to hold the position he did.

Taggart, who was hired in 2016 and then traveled after a season for Florida State, said he would focus on discipline in strength and fitness, and that they would “find the snakes in the grass and cut off their heads,” per. the report. The training sessions in question allegedly started at 6 in the morning four days a week and lasted for 60 to 90 minutes and no water was provided at least on the first day of the training. Players in a group of about 40 had to do “10 perfect push-ups in unison” and had to restart if anyone was a little out.

“Student athletes vomited, fainted, or collapsed during training,” the lawsuit said, and Oregon medical staff “recognized that training went beyond students’ natural limits after the first day, but instead of stopping training, university staff brought in oxygen tanks.” the other day.”

Brenner was one of three students admitted to the hospital in 2017 as a result of the training. He was diagnosed with rhabdomyolysis, which causes skeletal muscle tissue to break down quickly and causes permanent kidney damage. His life expectancy was reduced by 10 years according to the trial.

Oderinde was suspended for a month as a result, and Taggart issued a public apology at the time.

Emmert and the NCAA said the lawsuit “could not formulate what rule or bylaws should have [or could have] adopted by the NCAA or its members ”in an effort to combat this.

“I have never spoken to a president that they believe the responsibility lies with a sports association to tell them how their doctors and training professionals should behave on campus,” Emmert said, according to a transcript of his deposition, via ESPN. “The role of the association is rather to give them guidance and advice and understanding of where the best science is and medical advice is, but not to monitor their local behavior. It has not been a role that the association for 115 years has ever considered was the appropriate things for a sports association to do. “

Taggart issued a statement in response to the trial, saying he disagreed with Brenner’s claims.

“I care about every single one of the players I have trained, as if they are my own sons, and I want each of them to be successful on and off the field,” Taggart said in a statement via ESPN. “I never wanted any of them to suffer any harm. I disagree with the things Doug Brenner has said in his complaint, and I’m sorry we’re involved in this trial. But I still wish him the best.”

Oregon issued a similar statement, saying it responded quickly to Brenner’s injury at the time.

“The health and safety of our students is our top priority,” an Oregon spokesman said in a statement via ESPN. “There was a quick reaction to Doug Brenner’s injury and he got the best possible treatment. We are grateful that he got a full recovery and was able to play during the 2017 season and also graduated from the University of Oregon “We disagree with the claims of Mr Brenner’s lawyers in their lawsuit and will take them to court.”

Former Oregon lineman Doug Brenner, left, was hospitalized after controversial training sessions in 2017, saying he has lost a decade in his life expectancy because of them. (Brian Murphy / Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

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