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Amendola’s father sues Cowboys Stadium for golf-cart mishap

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This next story would have been a little extra awkward if the Cowboys had signed receiver Danny Amendola in free agency.

Amendola’s father, Willie, is a high-school football coach in Texas.  After winning the 5A Division I state championship and giving interviews in the vicinity of the midfield star at Cowboys Stadium, Willie Amendola was bowled over by a runaway golf cart.

Willie Amendola has now sued Cowboys Stadium for $1 million, according to  The building is owned by Cowboys owner Jerry Jones.

The cart went rogue after stadium workers put a touchdown pylon near the accelerator.  The foam apparatus wedged against the pedal and the cart took off.

Willie Amendola in part seeks compensation for the embarrassment arising from the media attention the incident received.  And by filing suit, the incident is now receiving even more media attention.

Actually, the Cowboys signed Danny Amendola as an undrafted free agent out of Texas Tech.  He was cut by the Cowboys before landing with the Rams.

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62 Responses to “Amendola’s father sues Cowboys Stadium for golf-cart mishap”
  1. ibreathefootball says: Apr 11, 2013 3:48 PM

    That ish looks painful

  2. getsome99 says: Apr 11, 2013 3:49 PM

    First I’ve heard of this story and I live in DFW. Hilarious!

  3. randygnyc says: Apr 11, 2013 3:49 PM


  4. thetroofishere says: Apr 11, 2013 3:50 PM

    While somewhere could have been seriously injured (I’m glad no one was), that is hilarious to see the cart take off on a beeline for a crowd of people.

    Again, I’m glad no one was seriouosly injured (no torn acls, broken legs/ankles, back injuries)

  5. thegreatgabbert says: Apr 11, 2013 3:51 PM

    Like it had eyes.

  6. hendeeze says: Apr 11, 2013 3:52 PM

    Hahaha! I seen this clip numerous times but never knew the source. At least he wasn’t the one who tried nonchalantly to “slide” off the moving cart.

  7. eaglesw00t says: Apr 11, 2013 3:52 PM

    Never heard about it until now.

    As mentioned in the article, it is now magnified. So really, you are creating your own embarassment.

    I never would have known about this had you not sued.

    And 1 mill seems a little steep.

  8. nineroutsider says: Apr 11, 2013 3:55 PM

    Doesn’t sound nearly as bad as it looks. I was thinking a millie sounds a little excessive, but 1) no one deserves it more than Jerrah and 2) that looked painful! Too damn funny though…now the embarrassing part makes sense to me.

  9. ampats says: Apr 11, 2013 3:55 PM

    Seems like alot of mishaps happen to the Cowboys.

    Super Bowl fiasco, practice facility being blown down, runaway golf carts

  10. rexryanseacrest says: Apr 11, 2013 3:55 PM

    Check out the runaway cart “remix.” Pure comedy.

  11. dbones750 says: Apr 11, 2013 3:58 PM

    That’s way better than a streaker.

  12. ishallcomment says: Apr 11, 2013 3:58 PM


    “Put me in coach!”

  13. majormeatcurtains says: Apr 11, 2013 3:59 PM

    How do you sue a building? Shouldn’t you sue the cart instead?

  14. thegreatgabbert says: Apr 11, 2013 3:59 PM

    Christine the golf cart.

  15. acdrew22 says: Apr 11, 2013 3:59 PM

    gotta love that pursuit from that worker. maybe he should strap on some pads

  16. hgamatt says: Apr 11, 2013 4:00 PM

    This was Rob Ryan’s fault… he should have worked with the grounds crew to make sure they know how to take proper pursuit angles for runaway golf carts.

  17. logicalvoicesaysneedswaybettercrazypills says: Apr 11, 2013 4:00 PM

    “This next story would have been a little extra awkward if the Cowboys had signed receiver Danny Amendola in free agency.”

    Well the cowboys would have needed more than their 50K of cap room to sign Danny

  18. majormeatcurtains says: Apr 11, 2013 4:01 PM

    Love the last view from way back. I can just hear Fred Flintstone or Al Bundy yelling Steeerike! as it curves into the pocket.

  19. squashyjoshy says: Apr 11, 2013 4:01 PM

    Carnage at the FORE-ty yard line? Am i right???

  20. ketchup1211 says: Apr 11, 2013 4:02 PM

    Unless he got injured, I see this as just a money grab. Suing because he got embarrassed? At least 5 people got bowled over, are they suing? Stuff happens. It was an accident. If he got injured, that’d be a different story. Just part of the world he live in now.

  21. thegreatgabbert says: Apr 11, 2013 4:07 PM

    The odds are easily a million to one of that happening. Willie is letting the Cowboys off easy.

  22. blackandbluedivision says: Apr 11, 2013 4:08 PM

    Someone took Marshawn Lynch’s “Ghost-Ridin’ da Whip” to a new level.

  23. scoops1 says: Apr 11, 2013 4:09 PM

    Casey Jones…you gotta watch your speed…

  24. localoutlaw says: Apr 11, 2013 4:09 PM

    I forgot about this….Haha…thanks for a good laugh again!

  25. beavertonsteve says: Apr 11, 2013 4:11 PM

    That old dude that Amendola spiked in the face with a football should sue on the same grounds.

  26. usmutts says: Apr 11, 2013 4:12 PM

    Apparently, Jerry’s ability to hire competent groundskeepers is equal to his ability to hire competent football players.

  27. izlez says: Apr 11, 2013 4:13 PM

    1. C’mon dude, suing a million dollars because you feel embarrassed? Just stop.

    2. I forgot about this video. The guy bailing with the tuck and roll is the greatest thing ever. It’s like he thinks it’s going 70 and about to go over the Grand Canyon. It’s a golf cart going 4 mph in a wide open football field. Calmly sit up, have a sandwich, and put your foot on the brake

  28. shackdelrio says: Apr 11, 2013 4:14 PM

    The Cowboys have offered that cart a contract to play right tackle.

  29. whatjusthapped says: Apr 11, 2013 4:14 PM

    Jerry should sign the cart as his new middle linebacker. At least it can tackle which is saying more than his current defense.

  30. saints4life57 says: Apr 11, 2013 4:15 PM

    Never ever want to see anyone get hurt but this thing took off hooked a hard right and headed right for him! Not saying he did anything wrong but it almost seems like he had this coming to him! Hope everyone is ok and hate to say it but this was funny as HEL*!

  31. 69finfan says: Apr 11, 2013 4:18 PM

    So Willie A. was not seriously injured and he’s suing for a mil? Sounds about right, NOT!

  32. thegreatgabbert says: Apr 11, 2013 4:22 PM

    Willie told the judge he’d never met the cart before in his life. It was a random, senseless, act of violence.

  33. tomtravis76 says: Apr 11, 2013 4:28 PM

    Don’t mess with the Autobots.

  34. whatnojets says: Apr 11, 2013 4:29 PM

    According to Roto World, he signed with the Patriots NOT with the Rams!

    Jerry Jones strikes again (cuts the guy!!)

    3/13/2013: Signed a five-year, $28.5 million contract. The deal contains $10 million guaranteed — a $6 million signing bonus, Amendola’s first-year base salary, and $2 million of his second-year salary. Another $3.3 million is available through incentives. Amendola is eligible for per-game roster bonuses totaling $500,000 annually throughout the contract’s life. 2013: $2 million, 2014: $3 million, 2015: $4 million, 2016: $5 million, 2017: $6 million, 2018: Free Agent

  35. whatnojets says: Apr 11, 2013 4:32 PM

    According to Roto World, he signed with the Patriots NOT with the Rams!


    This happened a few years ago before he signed with the Rams

    Having a bad “hair day” today!!!

  36. godofwine330 says: Apr 11, 2013 4:34 PM

    Wow. Simply amazing. $1 Million is steep, but hey, start high, settle low. The wheel turned on its own and all. Wow.

  37. kylexitron says: Apr 11, 2013 4:43 PM

    At least the Cowboys finally fielded something that could frustrate other team’s coaches.

  38. capslockkey says: Apr 11, 2013 4:46 PM

    Jerry must have bought the golf carts from the same company that built the practice facility. Starting to wonder if that place is haunted.

  39. nomoreseasontix says: Apr 11, 2013 4:47 PM

    Gotta admit, it’s a little funny.
    I hear three stooges type sound effects when I watch it…

  40. wilsonwillbreaku says: Apr 11, 2013 4:47 PM

    Cowgirls need to sign that cart to a deal…it tackles better than they do.

  41. kdub69 says: Apr 11, 2013 4:50 PM

    That is pretty careless but obviously just an accident. I’m sure they will settle for something like $100,000. If he doesn’t take that good luck going against Jerry Jones’ lawyers.

  42. 21stnprime says: Apr 11, 2013 4:53 PM

    manti teo gf was driving it

  43. thegreatgabbert says: Apr 11, 2013 4:56 PM

    Well, at least he wasn’t stuck by lightening.

  44. trollaikman8 says: Apr 11, 2013 4:58 PM

    I cant watch this clip on an uninterrupted loop for days.

  45. thegreatgabbert says: Apr 11, 2013 4:59 PM

    That happens a lot with cabbie’s fighting for a fare, but I’ve never seen it on a football field before.

  46. 49erstim says: Apr 11, 2013 5:01 PM

    A football coach is suing because he got embarrassed at Cowboys stadium. C’mon Garrett it’s your own fault you’re a horrible coach that….wait I’m sorry this isn’t about Jason Garrett? Nevermind. Actually maybe Garrett should sue! 🙂

    Seriously though how does a coach that I’m SURE preaches toughness and integrity then sue somebody for embarrassment? What a pansy. If you got hurt then make sure they cover your medical bills plus any work you missed, but emotional damages? Sack up “coach”.

  47. trollaikman8 says: Apr 11, 2013 5:02 PM


  48. paythevig says: Apr 11, 2013 5:04 PM

    this is almost as funny as that boating accident with the 3 guys and 2 chicks with sunglasses flying all over the place.

    In both cases – no one was seriously hurt.. so we can laugh, right?

  49. keylimelight says: Apr 11, 2013 5:11 PM

    “The Cowboys have offered that cart a contract to play right tackle.”

    Several have chimed in with similar comments but this one wins the Pulitzer.

  50. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Apr 11, 2013 6:08 PM

    A few years ago, the Cowboys also had a practice facility fall during a storm which injured a special teams coach for Dallas.

    And at the super bowl, snow/ice fell from the roof and injured several people.

    In this recent event with Amendola, that golf cart was shot right at him like a torpedo.

  51. schmitty2 says: Apr 11, 2013 6:09 PM

    Getting hurt on the field passes from generation to generation in the Amendola family.

  52. gcbean says: Apr 11, 2013 6:44 PM

    If the money hungry blood runs in the Amendola family, the NFL should expect a future lawsuit from Danny Amendola because of his NFL injuries.

  53. si1m says: Apr 11, 2013 6:51 PM

    compensation for embrassment, what a farce.

  54. patsfiend says: Apr 11, 2013 8:02 PM


  55. mp4philly says: Apr 11, 2013 8:08 PM

    There are some funny comments on this article. All he needs to do to prove the embarrassment portion of his case is pull up this comment section in court.

  56. bert1913 says: Apr 11, 2013 9:17 PM

    if you look carefully at the upper left corner you can see jerry jones with a golf cart remote. rumor has it that Amendola was saying bad things about jerry jones, so jerry took his revenge.

  57. dallas1993 says: Apr 11, 2013 9:23 PM

    1 million though ? A little money hungry are we ? A little jealous of your sons money ? Anybody else sue ?

  58. nomesayin says: Apr 11, 2013 11:53 PM

    That was very odd. That thing had to turn an eventual 90 degrees in order to hit them…& they just happened to be facing the wrong way & (of course) never saw it coming.
    It reminds me of a scene out of “The Omen”. Or like watching professional bowling…the way the ball seems like it will go in the gutter, but all of a suds, it starts curling back toward the headpin for a strike.
    That was horrific.

  59. steelerben says: Apr 12, 2013 10:34 AM

    You have to love the class of the local sports network not oly giving us a slowmo replay but also a telestrator breakdown of the incident.

  60. bikelikemike says: Apr 12, 2013 1:03 PM

    Like father, like son. Accident prone football ‘receivers’. As it’s Jerry Jones, I wish he’d get about 5 billion.

  61. poshous4life says: Apr 12, 2013 1:05 PM

    Thats not Jerrys fault! thats an act of God himself, seriously who gets run over by a “run away golf cart”??? You can’t make this stuff up. bad luck

  62. CowboyErik says: Apr 16, 2013 11:33 PM

    New Stadium is cursed, construction guys electricuted during construction; can’t win on home field; fans killed/injured by falling ice =during superbowl; run-away golf carts; next the world’s largest falling TV; never thought it was a good idea hanging it over the field but there it is, haphazardly located; what goes up must come down…

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