An 18-year-old student from La Jolla, Calif., has sued the school district alleging that an assistant football coach ordered him to stay in a game last October even though he suffered a concussion earlier in the game.
The suit says John “Trey” Enloe III then took additional hits in the game. Attorney Harlan Zaback said Enloe suffered traumatic brain injury and is continuing to experience problems that affect his health and education.
According to the San Diego Union Tribune, Enloe filed the lawsuit in San Diego Superior Court, accusing the San Diego Unified School District of negligence, falling to recognize his injury and not following proper safety and coaching protocol.
Enloe says he was playing in the junior varsity game and asked to be taken out after a hit in the first quarter. Zaback said in the lawsuit that an assistant coach told the player to “suck it up” and return to the game. According to ABC News, the lawsuit says Enloe was “suffering from a headache and nausea, and was noticeably rattled, confused and unable to follow simple direction” after being concussed while trying to make a tackle.
Enloe’s father alleges that when his son told the coach, Steven Wachs, that he was not feeling well, the coach responded, “I don’t have time for this crap.” Wachs said no one ever communicated to him that Enloe was injured.
“In all the chatter that was going on the sidelines, it was never communicated to me once that (he) was injured, I promise you,” Wachs told VoiceofSanDiego.org.
Ursula Kroemer, a spokeswoman for the district, told the Union Tribune via email that she could not comment on the specifics of the suit but said the district has put in place new procedures to “incorporate newer/better practices in working with athletes who’ve been injured — especially in regards to the ‘return to play’ protocol.”