2016 Bills draft pick Kolby Listenbee sues TCU for abuse, harassment

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Wide receiver Kolby Listenbee has not played in a game since being drafted by the Bills in the sixth round of the 2016 draft and he’s filed a lawsuit against Texas Christian University alleging their mistreatment of him has contributed to that.

Listenbee injured his pelvis during a 2015 game against SMU and, per court documents obtained by the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, alleges that TCU head coach Gary Patterson and others on the staff “continually harassed, humiliated, pressured and threatened” him to return before he had healed. Listenbee argues that the lack of rest and injections of painkillers caused further damage to his pelvic cartilage that blocked the “NFL career he would have had” if he’d been treated properly.

Listenbee is seeking at least $1 million in damages.

Patterson, other coaches, doctors and the Big 12 Conference join TCU as defendants in the filing. TCU argues they should not be part of the suit because the doctors treating Listenbee were not employees of the school.

Listenbee spent his rookie year on injured reserve and was released last year. He spent time on the Dolphins and Colts practice squads and signed a reserve/future contract with the Colts.

8 responses to “2016 Bills draft pick Kolby Listenbee sues TCU for abuse, harassment

  1. Sounds like a BS money grab from a guy that knows he won’t see an NFL paycheck. I would assume that a player desperately wanting to be drafted would willingly seek a way to play rather than sit on the sidelines and hope he is remembered on draft day. I’m not saying he did; just that it is more likely that he did rather than a coach and doctors pushing a marginal talent when there is a large pool of healthy athletes to put on the field.

  2. We shouldn’t be so quick to judge this young man. There’s no question that he was injured in college, and that he hasn’t recovered from the injury as anticipated. Was that because the coaches and team docs at TCU pressured him to play while hurt? None of us on this site knows. That will be sorted out in his lawsuit. He might have a legitimate claim against the school. But I don’t understand why he’s also suing the Big 12 Conference.

  3. Glad to see so many are brainwashed with the company line that players “should just be glad to be there” and that injured players are just selfish or lazy if they want to be cautious and put their health before the demands of the team.

    We all know (or should know) that college football and the NFL treat players as cannon fodder – injured players are frequently expected to play, regardless of the long term consequences (RGIII is an excellent example of that. I also remember an article from a few years ago which talked about how Jason Taylor had to get painful injections into his feet before each game just so he could play). Just the common language used – guys who get injured in this incredibly violent game “can’t stay healthy”, as though that’s a shock, or the player’s fault.

    I don’t know anything about this guy, but his version of events seems very possible to me. Since when have large, money-centered organizations been paragons of virtue and integrity?

  4. I don’t know if this is the beginning of the end or just another step along the way but the end of the violent game of football is coming. Compared to the game of even 20 years ago, it has become basketball on grass.

    Football, as we knew/know it, will go the way of double features at movie theaters.

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