Student-Athlete Files Lawsuit Against University, Soccer Coach

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A student athlete at Xavier University has sued the school, claiming that after being diagnosed with a concussion, he was allowed to return to play too soon and suffered another concussion, potentially impacting his collegiate career.

The plaintiff, Neil Henley, was a star soccer player at St. Xavier High School in Kentucky, where he earned the Gatorade Boys Soccer Player of the Year for that state in 2012.

Henley ultimately accepted a scholarship at Xavier University. The men’s soccer team at Xavier had a practice at Xavier of allegedly hazing incoming freshmen at the “soccer house.” On Feb. 16, 2013, Henley was the subject of that hazing ritual, which meant he consumed large amounts of alcohol. According to the complaint, he hit his head several times on inanimate objects.

He was allegedly brought to his room early on the morning of February 17, and did not leave his bed until February 18. That day he visited the Xavier sports medicine department. He further claimed that he was pressured by his teammates to say that the concussion he suffered that night came from playing soccer.

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