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Dominique Easley loses $149,000 dog bite lawsuit

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Rams defensive lineman Dominique Easley has been ordered to pay $149,000 to a former college football player who was bitten by Easley’s pit bull.

The victim, former Virginia Tech linebacker Wiley Brown, didn’t know Easley but was at his home because Easley had asked a mutual friend to feed the dog while Easley was out of town, and the friend asked Brown to come with her. A jury sided with Brown this week, although lawyers for both sides acknowledged that Florida law is unclear about whether Easley is really responsible for injuries suffered by a man whom Easley hadn’t invited into his home.

Easley’s lawyer, Darren Heitner, told the Palm Beach Post he filed a motion for a new trial based on questions about whether Easley could be liable when he hadn’t invited Brown into his home. Brown’s attorney admitted there are still outstanding issues that will be addressed in Easley’s appeal.

“There are some legal issues about this for sure,” lawyer Kevin Smith said. “I believe the law supported our win, but I don’t know what the appellate courts will decide ultimately.”

Smith argued that the injuries suffered to Brown’s wrist and ankle ended his chances of making it to the NFL, although Brown was mostly a special teams player at Virginia Tech and was not considered a pro prospect.

When the Patriots cut Easley, the dog bite lawsuit was one of a long list of off-field issues that reportedly had the Patriots concerned.

Brown is one of at least four people — including Easley — known to have been bitten by the dog, which has since been euthanized.

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31 Responses to “Dominique Easley loses $149,000 dog bite lawsuit”
  1. "All Eyez On Me" in theaters june 16 2017 says: May 13, 2017 9:40 AM

    He Easley lost the case seem like !!!

  2. lukedunphysscienceproject says: May 13, 2017 10:09 AM

    I am of two minds about this. As an advocate for the breed, I fully believe that almost all incidents of pit bull attacks are due to lackadaisical or irresponsible care and/or training, so I would hold Easly accountable.

    On the other hand, it is sheer lunacy for anyone, particularly a male, to enter the dog’s territory without having been properly introduced to the environment by the owner. I have seen 8 lbs. Chihuahuas attack in that circumstance.

  3. canetic says: May 13, 2017 10:31 AM

    It’s lunacy to have a pit bull in the first place.

  4. mateo311a says: May 13, 2017 10:49 AM

    Pit bull. Shocking.

  5. maddenisfordorks says: May 13, 2017 11:35 AM

    Dude. You get bit by a dog … it’s your fault. Only in America do you seek $100k because you get yourself in the wrong situation.

  6. defscottyb says: May 13, 2017 12:00 PM

    Pit Bulls are wild animals and should be illegal to own.

  7. patsfan4lifesbchamps says: May 13, 2017 12:30 PM

    He still has to pay legal bills too.

  8. intrafinesse says: May 13, 2017 12:34 PM

    >>Brown is one of at least four people — including Easley — known to have been bitten by the dog, which has since been euthanized.

    The dog bit 4 different people?
    Sounds like it was poorly raised or was just a nasty dog.

    If you ask someone to come into your house and feed your dog, you are responsible for your dog.

    What if the dog hat bit the woman instead of the man? Then would it be worse, since she was asked to feed the dog?

    The problem with Pit Bulls is even if they are raised properly, and trained, they have the capability to do far more damage than a smaller dog. Because of that risk, they should not be legal to own. But what if you have a mixed breed, then its hard to tell.
    The solution is to have severe penalties if your dog bites someone. There should be some risk of jail if the dog does more than a certain amount of damage.
    And thatst not just pit bulls, it’s any pet. (tigers, lions, whatever)

  9. tremoluxman says: May 13, 2017 1:01 PM

    Real Man own a pit bull and carry a 9MM or .40 cal. It’s part of the uniform, like cargo shorts, flip-flops, and a baseball cap.

  10. ncfloyd says: May 13, 2017 1:41 PM

    The lesson here is to always volunteer to help a rich person with their dog. In fact, rub a streak across your left arm first. $$$$

  11. thegreatgabbert says: May 13, 2017 2:29 PM

    Dom bought the dog because it was a bargain.

  12. twoteamsforlosangeles says: May 13, 2017 3:03 PM

    What’s up with these Va. Tech alumni and pit bulls? Just sayin’

  13. denverscott says: May 13, 2017 4:08 PM

    defscottyb says:
    May 13, 2017 12:00 PM
    Pit Bulls are wild animals and should be illegal to own.

    They place in the 80% range on the temperate schedule, far above most breeds.

  14. t50000 says: May 13, 2017 4:37 PM

    They place in the 80% range on the temperate schedule, far above most breeds—to their owners.

    Thought I would fix that for you.

  15. toybkshr says: May 13, 2017 5:05 PM

    Guess the dog has a lot more bite than Easly did in NE

  16. Nobull night says: May 13, 2017 5:17 PM

    lukedunphysscienceproject says:
    May 13, 2017 10:09 AM
    I am of two minds about this. As an advocate for the breed, I fully believe that almost all incidents of pit bull attacks are due to lackadaisical or irresponsible care and/or training, so I would hold Easly accountable.

    —————–

    If, as the article indicates, this incident was one of the concerns the Patriots had about Easley, that would indicate that the Patriots too felt Easley was the responsible party here and not the dog.

  17. gauchosporlife says: May 13, 2017 5:59 PM

    I always hear the argument that Chihuahuas bite more often are are more aggressive, link me a story to when a chihuahua mauled someone to death or ripped open the face of a child. People that think like that are just as dangerous as the pits.

  18. defscottyb says: May 13, 2017 6:18 PM

    Stop already with the defense of pit bulls. They should be classified as dangerous wild animals. It’s no coincidence criminals love them.

  19. SparkyGump says: May 13, 2017 6:30 PM

    All dog breeds bite. More people are bitten by those yappy little foo foo dogs than Pit Bulls. The problem is Pit Bulls tend to do much more damage when they bite.

  20. pkrlvr says: May 13, 2017 7:11 PM

    Pit Bulls are a lot like guns for a certain type. Makes them feel like a tough guy even though many are scared of their own dogs…

  21. kenberthiaume says: May 13, 2017 7:15 PM

    Even the nicest sweetest pitbulls maul and kill. It’s,often out of a clear blue sky. Unfortunately they attack others, not the owners. And spare me the “poor training “, nonsense. How does that help some kid who had his face ripped off? “Don’t worry kid, that dog is just poorly trained!!”. If the breed has to be trained with such exactness then it should require a license to own, like a lion or a cougar.

  22. atahualpaoxford says: May 13, 2017 8:18 PM

    Easley waited until after the dog bit 4 people to put him down..??? Hmmmmmmm….

  23. ak185 says: May 13, 2017 8:26 PM

    It was that last line that ultimately probably decided the verdict. Easley demonstrated negligence by retaining the dog after it had previously bitten three others. If this was its first incident, the plaintiff likely would not have been able to show that Easley’s negligence outweighed his own.

  24. corky2141 says: May 13, 2017 8:43 PM

    My 13 year old pit bull has been around my 11 year old newphew, 4 year old niece, 4 year old daughter, & 16 month old newphew without an incident. EVER. Through multiple terrible 2s and all the god aweful things they did to that dog it never did 1 bad thing back. Not when they pulled her tail or pulled her ears (very sensative about the ears).
    My pit knows her place, my family knows their place around her. That is the problem. These dogs are to protect their loved ones as well as be a part of the family. If you’re not in that circle, don’t go near them without THEIR OWNER present.
    And to the owners that raise them wrong, they deserve 6 figure lawsuits & jail time.
    The comparison to a gun is accurate.
    Know how to treat it & control it or don’t get one.
    A terrier is closer to the hand cannon Marvin Harrison carried around, while a chihuahua is akin to a nerf pellet gun; one takes a million hits to do more than sting, the other takes one nibble to do irreversible damage.

  25. mudachains says: May 13, 2017 10:36 PM

    Generationally pit bulls have been bred for violence. It’s in their DNA. Just like hounds have been bred for hunting and tracking, golden retrievers to be bird dogs….. They are animals. Some animals are more easily domesticated than others. Additionally you go into the ghetto and pit bulls are cool because they are fighting dogs, and the owners encourage the violent tendencies which just makes it worse. . People who love these dogs are much like liberals, they have trouble comprehending facts. Go outside your echo chamber and do some reading, these dogs are bad news. Follow the money and the statistics and you will find that the smart people with money have determined that the dogs are dangerous. There are reasons pit bulls are a non insurance breed for renters and landlords too.

  26. kptb12 says: May 13, 2017 10:39 PM

    Poor dog. Leaving a dog alone for a long period would make any dog bite. Why have a dog if you can’t care for it!

  27. frankstoeknife says: May 14, 2017 2:18 AM

    The real victim in this case is the dog. I know pits are an aggressive/dangerous breed, but with the right care they *can* be tamed to a degree. Not likely to the point of being passed about to strangers without an anxiety from the dog but a safe-in-the-right-circumstances type of care.

    Mentioned above was that if you get into a dog’s territory as an unknown you are taking a huge risk. This is always true. And the dog had to pay for that risk with its life.

  28. pv1960 says: May 14, 2017 6:11 AM

    Why is it these brothers always have a Pit Bull? Great job Homey! Now pay up for your inbred dog .

  29. pitbullaware says: May 15, 2017 9:29 AM

    Victim got off lucky.

    Read horror articles of Katie Morrison’s pit dog sitting get acquainted visit, Emily Ruckle’s “we’ll let the pit bull out to go potty”, “come visit at my house” of Josephine Winfrey, Google recent “Little girl and babysitter in serious condition after dog attack.”

    All these are situations where pits were being good pits, “starting” “turning on” as the dog fighters say, SUDDENLY attacking UNPROVOKED and PROLONGED..

  30. pitbullaware says: May 15, 2017 9:35 AM

    My 13 year old pit bull has been around my 11 year old nephew, 4 year old niece, 4 year old daughter, & 16 month old nephew without an incident. EVER…..

    You’re bragging that you enjoy playing g Russian roulette with your family?

    Most pits font Jill a human, most drunk drivers don’t either. Do you also post that you drive drunk and haven’t died yet?

  31. pitbullaware says: May 15, 2017 9:38 AM

    My 13 year old pit bull has been around my 11 year old nephew, 4 year old niece, 4 year old daughter, & 16 month old nephew without an incident. EVER…..

    You’re bragging that you enjoy playing Russian roulette with your family?

    Most pits don’t kill a human, most drunk drivers don’t either.

    Do you also post that you drive drunk with kids in the car and haven’t died yet?

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