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Former TCU Football Player Sues School Over Alleged Abuse

Former Horned Frogs wide receiver Kolby Listenbee claims he was forced to play injured

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    TCU Coach Gary Patterson Named in Lawsuit By Former Player

    Former Horned Frogs wide receiver Kolby Listenbee claims in a lawsuit he was forced to play injured and was given steroids and pain medication in his senior year of 2015. (Published Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018)

    A former Texas Christian University football player is suing the university and the Big XII Conference, claiming harassment and abuse.

    Former Horned Frogs wide receiver Kolby Listenbee claims in the suit he was forced to play injured and was given steroids and pain medication in his senior year of 2015.

    The lawsuit names head coach Gary Patterson, former offensive coordinator Doug Meacham and other coaches for rushing him from injury too soon.

    Listenbee hurt his pelvis during a touchdown catch at a home game against SMU in September 2015.

    Listenbee alleges that the injections of steroids and pain medications, lack of rest due to harassment and abuse from the coaching staff, and strenuous play of football caused his pelvic cartilage to damage to the point where a metal plate had to be inserted to fuse the bones, essentially ending his chances at the NFL career that he would have had.

    Listenbee's lawsuit is asking for damages in excess of $1 million.

    In a statement to NBC 5, the TCU Athletics Department said:

    "As a practice, Texas Christian University does not comment on the specifics of pending litigation. However, TCU takes tremendous pride in its long-standing tradition of excellence in providing a positive experience for its student-athletes, especially in the areas of care, prevention and rehabilitation of athletic injuries."

    Listenbee was selected by the Buffalo Bills in the sixth round of the 2016 NFL Draft. He was cut in June 2017.

    He was signed by the Indianapolis Colts to a futures contract Jan. 1, but that's no guarantee of making the team or making a salary.