FRESHMAN PLAYER ALLEGEDLY SUFFERED PERMANENT BRAIN DAMAGE DURING ABDUCTION BY TEAMMATES
A lawsuit filed in Pickens County, S.C. alleges that hazing rituals performed by the Clemson University women’s soccer team caused “severe and permanent personal injuries including a traumatic brain injury” to a former player.
Haley Ellen Hunt, of Aiken, S.C., is suing her former coach – Eddie Radwanski – and several other Clemson coaches, former teammates and school administrators (including former Tigers’ athletics director Terry Don Phillips) as a result of injuries she suffered during an alleged hazing incident.
According to Hunt’s lawsuit – filed by attorney Robert E. Sumner of the Charlotte, N.C.-based Moore VanAllen firm – Coach Radwanski took over the Clemson program in 2011 and attempted to convince Hunt not to attend the school.
Undeterred, Hunt enrolled at Clemson anyway – at which point Radwanski is accused of helping orchestrate a hazing incident that led to her injury.
According to the lawsuit, on the evening of August 18, 2011 Hunt was abducted from her dorm room with two other freshmen soccer players and “forced into and held captive in the rear compartment of an automobile.” For the next half hour, the players were allegedly driven around Pickens County – and occasionally forced to exit the vehicle and “perform humiliating and demeaning acts.”
Eventually they wound up at Riggs Field, the school’s soccer facility. There, the players were spun around and disoriented – and then forced to run at full speed.
That’s when, according to the suit, Hunt “took off in a dead sprint running parallel to the field, but no one stopped her.”
Instead her teammates allegedly shouted at her, “commanding that she run faster.”
Hunt did run faster – right into a brick wall near the field.
“The momentum of Ms. Hunt’s collision with the brick wall threw her body backward, causing her to smash into a nearby table and fall to the ground,” the lawsuit states. ”The players heard Ms. Hunt scream and observed her clench her bloody face. One player described the sound of Ms. Hunt hitting the brick wall as ‘metal hitting metal.’ The impact with the brick wall caused Ms. Hunt to sustain serious injuries to her brain, head, face and hands. Ms. Hunt was knocked unconscious and had to be physically assisted by other players.”