A former center for the Cleveland Browns is suing the team after he says he contracted a life threatening staph infection at the team’s training camp that ultimately ended his career.
LeCharles Bentley filed the lawsuit Thursday and is seeking at least $25,000 in damages for alleged fraud and negligent misrepresentation.
His attorney Shannon Polk says the former football star nearly died from an infection he contracted at the team’s facility while he was rehabbing an injured knee.
Polk tells the Associated Press,
“They told him their facility was the best but they never told him about a host of unsanitary conditions there. And they never told him about the list of others who contracted staph before he chose to rehab there.”
Bentley never played a Game for the Browns; the athlete tore his left patellar tendon in training camp in 2006 and never recovered from the infection.
Bentley tells the AP that had four operations since being injured, the final two to clean out the staph infection, which ate away at his tendon. Bentley also says the virus became so severe that doctors considered amputating his leg and one point weren’t sure he’d make it through the night.
At least six players for the Browns have had staph infections including former receiver Joe Jurevicius, who settled a similar lawsuit with the team in June.