LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – A well-known Louisville sportscaster has filed a lawsuit against Trinity High School nearly a year after sustaining a serious knee injury while covering a football game.
Fred Cowgill, the athletic director of WLKY-TV, filed the lawsuit in Jefferson Circuit Court on Monday.
The incident in question took place on Friday, August 20, 2021 at Marshall Stadium on the campus of Trinity High School.
According to the lawsuit, Cowgill arrived at the stadium with a camera to cover Trinity’s season opener against Carmel High School. He was there to shoot and report the game for WLKY and no ID was required, according to the lawsuit.
“The game in question was the season opener and it was the first game for new THS head football coach Jay Cobb, replacing local legend Bob Beatty, who had just retired,” the official said. court case. “THS knew or should have known that interest in the game was high.”
Cowgill was admitted to the field of play and was videotaping the visitor’s sideline, which had become crowded, according to the lawsuit.
Specifically, the lawsuit says the area was occupied by more than 100 players and coaches, other reporters, pitch officials, the sideline team and other spectators, who “limited the space to outside the playing surface and inside the fence, leaving little, if any, room for a reporter, situated as Cowgill was, to evade athletes who were engaged in play as they were running full speed towards the sidelines during the game.”
As a result, the lawsuit says Cowgill was injured when several football players ran off the sideline during a goal-line play and crashed into him as he was shooting the game.
Cowgill suffered a serious knee injury, including a dislocated kneecap, and had to be transported for treatment. Since then, he has received ongoing care for his knee, according to the lawsuit.
The lawsuit blames Trinity for failing to prevent overcrowding on the sidelines and for failing to warn him of the dangers. According to the lawsuit, no one on the sideline was given a pass and the players’ area inside the fence was too small. The lawsuit says both conditions contributed to overcrowding.
Additionally, the lawsuit argues that the school should have known the game was highly anticipated, not only because of the new coach, but also because of Trinity’s High School’s reputation in high school football and the quality of its players.
“The caliber of play and athleticism of THS players is significantly superior to that of most high schools at the local, state and even national levels,” the lawsuit says, citing 27 state championships won by the school.
“Despite his knowledge of the skill, speed, power and athleticism of his players and that of his opponents,” the lawsuit claims Trinity failed to protect Cowgill.
Accordingly, Cowgill is seeking a jury trial, payment of damages, court costs and other relief.
WDRB has contacted Trinity High School for comment. To date, no response has been received.
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