By MICHAEL KUNZELMAN, Related Press
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A scholar athlete born with just one kidney sued the College of Southern Mississippi on Wednesday, claiming faculty officers pulled him off the soccer staff after studying of his medical situation.
Deven Hammond’s lawsuit accuses Southern Miss of violating federal anti-discrimination legal guidelines. The 20-yr-previous, now enrolled at Louisiana State College, says he by no means has had any kidney-associated issues throughout soccer video games or practices in highschool or school.
However his federal go well with claims Southern Miss officers repeatedly raised “legal responsibility” considerations after he talked about his situation to the varsity’s head athletic coach in June. Hammond’s supply to signal a waiver of legal responsibility didn’t persuade faculty officers to let the defensive again rejoin the group, the go well with says.
“Defending the USM’s Athletic Program — not Deven’s well being — was the guiding star of (their) selections,” says the go well with, filed within the Center District of Louisiana.
Southern Miss athletics division spokesman Jack Duggan stated he can’t touch upon pending litigation.
Hammond transferred to Southern Miss after his freshman yr at LSU, the place he practiced with the soccer group however didn’t play in any video games. He started working towards with the Southern Miss soccer workforce earlier this yr after the college’s Scholar Well being Providers Middle cleared him to play, his go well with says.
Hammond’s kidney specialist additionally advised the college that the dangers of a kidney damage from soccer are “extremely slim,” in line with the go well with. Nevertheless, in a memo dated July 17, an assistant athletic director stated the well being considerations might be “pricey to the establishment and Athletic Division, however extra so the scholar athlete,” the go well with says.
Dan Disch, a member of the Southern Miss soccer staff’s teaching employees, additionally is known as as a defendant. The go well with claims Disch recruited Hammond to switch to Southern Miss with the promise of a full scholarship if he made the group as a second-stringer or higher after one semester.
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