Soccer powerhouse Mater Dei is facing a dangerous scandal

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A scandal involving one of the best high school football programs in the country includes allegations of a brutal ritual of harassment in which a former player was sued to suffer a traumatic brain injury, according to a lawsuit.

The soccer player’s family has filed the lawsuit in the Orange County Superior Court, naming Mater Dei and the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange as defendants. It describes a ritual known as the “body” in which two players fight “bis” [one] can’t take it anymore and gives up. “

Mater Dei has not yet submitted a response to the court.

The former Mater Dei player’s family accuses of negligence, violation of the California Penal Code, failure to adequately protect the player and causing emotional stress. They are demanding damages found during a lawsuit, as well as medical and legal fees.

The incident

An athlete identified as teammate 1 in the lawsuit encouraged the plaintiff to compete in bodies with teammate 2, the son of a Mater Dei soccer coach.

The lawsuit found that the student consented to attend. Due to his decision to attend the February 4 ritual, Orange County prosecutors have no plans to bring charges on the case and are viewing the altercation as a mutual battle, according to the Southern California News Group, the first on history.

The plaintiff’s family received video of the incident. According to a video watched by the Southern California News Group, it was a clear mismatch where the plaintiff’s swings were severely lacking and Teammate 2 repeatedly hit punches on the head and face that knocked the smaller athlete to the ground.

According to the lawsuit, no Mater Dei employee intervened on behalf of the injured player who was trying to stop the blood from his face. According to the lawsuit, he was told not to “whistle,” and when a sports coach finally examined his injuries, he said his face hit a sink.

The lawsuit alleges that when the plaintiff’s father arrived at school he questioned coaches about the explanation for his son’s injuries before taking him to a nearby emergency room.

The fallout

The player was diagnosed with traumatic brain injury and a specialist determined that his nasal fractures required immediate surgery to repair and reconstruct his nose. He stayed home from school for weeks, recovering and experiencing pain, slurred speech and cognitive dysfunction, the lawsuit says.

“Recent media coverage highlights deeply troubling allegations about our football program and our administration, suggesting that they contradicted our unwavering commitment to student safety,” said Mater Dei President Rev. Walter E. Jenkins in a recently published statement. “It pains me to hear that any student on our campus is suffering some kind of damage. My sincere prayers go to the affected student and her family. “

Bruce Rollinson’s future as a coach could be jeopardized considering coaches at almost every level have been ousted when a worrying incident is confirmed, the Times reported.

Mater Dei will be attending the CIF State Championship Open Division Bowl game at Saddleback College on December 11th.

There are so many more details, but as this is a newsletter, I cannot include everything. I encourage you to read more about the complaint, which describes how the school allegedly responded to the incident.

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