Fmr. Louisville football player files lawsuit against university, Strong


by Adam Walser

Posted on December 28, 2012 at 6:05 PM

Updated Friday, Dec 28 at 8:01 PM

A former University of Louisville football player is suing the University and Head Football Coach Charlie Strong.

The lawsuit alleges that the player was badly beaten by two of his teammate.

It says that then officials affiliated with the program tried to cover it up and eventually took away his scholarship.

Patrick Grant had a dream of one day playing in the NFL, but that dream was shattered on the same day two of his teammates allegedly shattered the bones in his left eye.

The alleged assault took place in the locker room of Papa John's Stadium in October 2010.

Twin brothers Isaac and Jacob Geffrad were arrested after the assault and eventually kicked off the team.
“Basically Isaac was holding Patrick while Jacob hit him,” Grant’s attorney Gregg Hovius said.

A lawsuit filed against the University says the Geffrads beat him so badly, Grant required immediate urgent care and nearly lost his left eye.

“He had to have surgery immediately without anesthesia,” Hovius said. “Then a second major surgery took place a few days later, because his orbital bone was completely crushed. “

Grant says the cover-up then began, when the team's trainer told him to lie, which Grant says he did, telling the doctor he hit his eye on the door of a locker while horsing around.

Grant says in the suit that Coach Charlie Strong lied to him, at first promising to continue his scholarship, then taking it away early this year.

The lawsuit alleges that's a violation of NCAA rules, since he was never granted a hearing.

The University's policy is not to comment on pending litigation.

U of L has also not responded in court.

Grant is seeking more than $5,000 in damages.