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Player sues over injuries in Cowboys practice facility collapse

Jamar Hunt, a long snapper who was an undrafted rookie free agent with the Cowboys last offseason, is suing over injuries he suffered when the practice facility collapsed during a storm.

Hunt, who says the injuries ended his career, was inside the team’s indoor practice facility when it collapsed and is now suing the builder and companies operated by Cowboys owner Jerry Jones.

Hunt’s attorney, Michael Guajardo, says Hunt suffered a herniated disk in his neck when a steel support landed on him, and that NFL teams now view him as “damaged goods.”

“You see NFL players bouncing back from this [injury], but those are veteran players with a history of success,” Guajardo said, per the Associated Press. “With a rookie, teams are reluctant to take a chance. The biggest loss for him is losing his dream to play in the NFL.”

Hunt was cut by the Cowboys before training camp and didn’t sign with another team.

Special teams coach Joe DeCamillas, who suffered a broken vertebrae, and scout Rich Behm, who was paralyzed from the waist down, have also filed lawsuits.

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25 Responses to “Player sues over injuries in Cowboys practice facility collapse”
  1. funi says: Jul 12, 2010 5:36 PM

    Sue Jerry Jones for every nickle that idiot has!

  2. Lame_PFT_Poster says: Jul 12, 2010 5:51 PM

    too bad he played for JERRUH! lolol!!!l111!1llol. I MEAN, IT’S LIKE HIS NAME JERRY BUT JERRAH INSTEAD! lololol!!!lol111!11!!lol!

  3. mr.bozojones says: Jul 12, 2010 5:52 PM

    I sincerely wish Jamar good health and just compensation, BUT rookie free agent long snappers, really shouldn’t spend much time dreaming about NFL careers. It’s a long shot at best.

  4. SeriousRadio says: Jul 12, 2010 5:53 PM

    It must be veryyyy difficult to find any newsworthy NFL topics, eh?

  5. QJ1984 says: Jul 12, 2010 5:55 PM

    If Jerry Jones had any decency he would have compensated that young man at the time of accident. Just another example of sports team owners treating players like property.

  6. Phreakin says: Jul 12, 2010 6:08 PM

    QJ1984: More like another example of someone trying to get rich without earning it. If he was an undrafted free agent then he obviously wasn’t that good. And you have to be a pretty crappy player to not get picked up as a long snapper.

  7. AlanSaysYo says: Jul 12, 2010 6:09 PM

    It’s a travesty that people were injured in that accident. They’re owed massive amounts of money and it’s a shame that some of them will never be the same. It’s just senseless and it shouldn’t have happened.
    That said…
    It’s almost fitting that a man such as Jerry Jones, whose mouth and ego are bigger than the state of Texas, would be the guy whose team’s practice facility collapsed. You run your mouth about how great your facilities are and how your stadium is an affront to God Himself, and sometimes your words come back around and punch you in the teeth.

  8. OJ SIMPSON says: Jul 12, 2010 6:12 PM

    I Must have read the headline wrong: I thought the Cowboys were sueing Romo for their past season collapses

  9. realitypolice says: Jul 12, 2010 6:21 PM

    SeriousRadio says:
    July 12, 2010 5:53 PM
    It must be veryyyy difficult to find any newsworthy NFL topics, eh?
    =================
    A PLAYER suing a TEAM for injuries suffered by the player when the team’s building fell on top of him isn’t a newsworthy topic!?!?!?
    Good grief, you’ve got a pretty high standard for what qualifies as newsworth in the NFL during JULY!
    Well, hot shot, why don’t you provide us all with a list of all of the incredibly critical stories that happened in the NFL today that you would rather have PFT reporting on?

  10. Philly Cheese says: Jul 12, 2010 6:25 PM

    I would be highly discouraged if J.J. netted more money in insurance claims than the injured people received as damages.

  11. philwauke says: Jul 12, 2010 6:27 PM

    mr.bozojones says:
    July 12, 2010 5:52 PM
    I sincerely wish Jamar good health and just compensation, BUT rookie free agent long snappers, really shouldn’t spend much time dreaming about NFL careers. It’s a long shot at best.
    ————————————————–
    Why? All long snappers were rookies once but only one took a roof to the dome built by plastic face.

  12. bigrig says: Jul 12, 2010 6:33 PM

    In situations where legal matters are not yet settled, peoples hand’s are tied. Offers of cash or attempts to say you’re sorry can be used as an admission of guilt in court.
    Attorneys will tell their clients to wait and let the legal process play out. In the end, all the damaged parties will be compensated nicely. That’s what insurance is for. Too bad about Rich Behm though.

  13. robert ethen says: Jul 12, 2010 6:37 PM

    The other 15 undrafted free agents in camp had their NFL careers cut short as a result of the psychological trauma of witnessing the event.

  14. darrenbailey says: Jul 12, 2010 6:41 PM

    funi: hate hate hate hate hate

  15. dafish says: Jul 12, 2010 6:58 PM

    mr.bozojones says:
    July 12, 2010 5:52 PM
    I sincerely wish Jamar good health and just compensation, BUT rookie free agent long snappers, really shouldn’t spend much time dreaming about NFL careers. It’s a long shot at best.
    ————————-
    Really? In Jacksonville last year we let one of the real good community guys go in Joe Zelenka for a younger guy. It wasn’t a matter of skill so much as dollars. You pay a young guy less. He very well may not have had a future in Dallas, but some other team may have given him a shot. Long snapper is one roster spot you really don’t want to spend a lot of money on if you don’t have to.

  16. danielcp0303 says: Jul 12, 2010 7:31 PM

    dafish says:
    July 12, 2010 6:58 PM
    Really? In Jacksonville last year we let one of the real good community guys go in Joe Zelenka for a younger guy. It wasn’t a matter of skill so much as dollars. You pay a young guy less. He very well may not have had a future in Dallas, but some other team may have given him a shot. Long snapper is one roster spot you really don’t want to spend a lot of money on if you don’t have to.
    ——————
    The Jacksonville Jaguars have and always will suck, so nobody should use them as a blueprint

  17. JimmySmith says: Jul 12, 2010 7:38 PM

    Jerry Jones might have to give up next year’s face lift to give the guy some money. If there were any justice in this world, this guy would be compensated and Jerry would be scrubbing Vox’s love juice off the side of the stadium.

  18. winslow says: Jul 12, 2010 8:40 PM

    Jamar Hunt could have been one of the greatest long snappers in NFL history. He put a beautiful rotation on the ball, and no one squatted better than Jamar. The networks will rue the day that Jamar Hunt’s career ended prematurely because nothing lures the casual football viewer quite like an aesthetically perfect snap.

  19. 3 yards and a cloud says: Jul 12, 2010 9:00 PM

    @bigrig:
    1) Offers to settle are not admissible in court in either criminal or civil cases
    2) While I haven’t seen the complaint filed, the Plaintiff is either suing on a negligence or products liability theory. If it’s the latter, there really is nothing to admit as it’s a strict liability pleading, meaning, if the building collapsed, which it did, that person, company, or manufacturer is liable for the damages. Also, Jerry Jones could have said Sorry and that’s not an admission of liability if the plaintiff is proceeding under negligence.
    This lawsuit is filed against the builder of the training facility, as well as, against the construction company. While Jerry Jones may own one or all of those companies, I will go out on a limb and say that the companies are incorporated which means the liability falls on the company and doesn’t reach ownership.
    Furthermore, builders and construction companies generally, and any company that J.J. is operating, carry insurance and probably multiple levels of it. One insurer may have the first $20 Million of coverage and another may get the next $20 Million, and so on.
    Lastly, for the players sake lets hope the attorney filed against only the construction companies and not the Cowboys as the players employer because then at least part of the claim could fall under Workers’ Compensation and severely limit the recovery by the Player.

  20. QJ1984 says: Jul 12, 2010 9:24 PM

    @Phreakin
    Remember that if you ever get injured in an accident that causes you physical harm. Nevermind that you miss time from work, and that it makes your spouse or some other family member miss time from work because they have to take care of you. Nevermind that you could fall behind in your bills. Nevermind that you’ll go into depth due to hospital bills. Nevermind that if the injury is bad enough, it make make you change careers to a lower paying job. Remember that you dont deserve a dime of compensation because you didnt earn it.
    Get out of here.
    BTW, there are 32 long snappers in the NFL. Long Snapper is just like kicker in the NFL, there are a lot of jobless ones out there and they rarely get drafted because each team only needs ONE. Its not like QB where you need 3 guys or more. He’s got a 1 and 32 chance at landing a job as a long snapper and an injury significantly impacts or has impacted his opportunity to do so.
    You really need to think before you speak.

  21. Chiefs2010 says: Jul 12, 2010 9:36 PM

    where Jerry needs to make sure he hires solid contractors…

  22. dafish says: Jul 12, 2010 10:10 PM

    danielcp0303 says:
    July 12, 2010 7:31 PM The Jacksonville Jaguars have and always will suck, so nobody should use them as a blueprint
    Do you know anything about pro football or only what goons like Florio tell you? Attendance issues aside which is what you’ll come back with, not many expasnsion teams have done in 15 years what the Jags have done in terms of playoffs, record and championship appearances.

  23. ItalianArmyGuy says: Jul 12, 2010 11:12 PM

    The Cowboys cut him? After their freaking building fell on him??
    Jeezus Christ – couldn’t even throw him on IR for the year? What a bunch of a-holes

  24. Jackson says: Jul 13, 2010 12:19 PM

    AFLAC!!!

  25. R.A.K. says: Jul 13, 2010 12:40 PM

    I wonder how all of you who are talking crap about Jamar Hunt would feel if you were in his shoes… let’s say (for the sake of arguement) that you just graduated from college, as an art major. You go to a famous museum on a job interview. During the interview, the building comes crashing down on top of you. The injuries you sustain will prevent you from working in your chosen profession. How would you feel if people said, “well your chances of landing that job weren’t very good anyway. So, you don’t deserve any compensation from the people at fault.” Try a little empathy and compassion, people!!

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