A couple of years ago, Willie Amendola, the father of current New England Patriots wide receiver Danny Amendola, was hit by an unmanned stadium cart while in the midst of celebrating Spring Dekaney’s 34-14 win over Cibolo Steele in the Class 5A Division II state championship. While the video shows what looks to be a vicious collision, witnesses claim they only saw a small streak of blood along his forearm. But the elder Amendola is now suing Cowboys Stadium for the incident, and he is looking for far more compensation than his hospital bill.
According to a lawsuit via the Dallas Morning News, Amendola is seeking upwards of $1 million:
According to the suit, Amendola was indeed hurt, suffering “considerable physical injuries.” But more to the point, says the complaint, when the video of the accident went viral, that caused “Coach Amendola and his wife, great personal embarrassment and mental anguish.
According to the suit, Amendola was indeed hurt, suffering “considerable physical injuries.” But more to the point, says the complaint, when the video of the accident went viral, that caused “Coach Amendola and his wife, great personal embarrassment and mental anguish.”
“Videos of the incident confirm that ill-trained, unsupervised, and grossly negligent employees, while acting in course and scope of their employment, threw objects into the floor of the motorized cart, which caused the cart to accelerate without manual operation,” says the suit. “The cart crossed and went up the field with the employees in pursuit.”
“Struck from behind, without warning, Coach Amendola was thrown back into the floorboard of the cart suffering serious bodily injuries. Coach Amendola heroically had the presence of mind to direct the cart, which he briefly controlled, in such a manner that it avoided striking the head or bodies of numerous others who had fallen. He rolled off the cart when he realized he could not bring it safely to a halt, hitting the stadium floor.”
Here is the video that the suit refers to:
I enjoy the description in the lawsuit that describes Amendola as a hero that day. It almost reminds of the Seinfeld episode where Kramer kept making all the bus stops while fending off a perp:
While it definitely brought embarrassment, we simply don’t see Amendola getting this kinda cash from this incident. He will probably end up with a nice settlement out of court, but nowhere near the $1 million as stated in the suit. For those that are ready to pin this directly on Jerry Jones, it may not be his responsibility. While the Cowboys are the operators of the stadium the city of Arlington owns it.
Just in case you are wondering, the Patriots do not visit the Cowboys this season.