San Francisco 49ers running back Reggie Bush plans on suing the city of St. Louis because of a fall he took on Sunday, when he slipped on a concrete path after being pushed out of bounds on a punt return.
The city owns the Edward R. Jones Dome. Despite the stadium opening just twenty years ago, the Rams seek either a move back to Southern California or funds from the city for improvements to the existing venue because of the team’s dissatisfaction with their home field. Bush’s lawsuit may buttress the franchise’s argument, whether that argument stresses higher subsidies or calls for a change of venue.
The injury-prone former Heisman Trophy winner and two time consensus All American from USC suffered a season-ending and possibly career-ending ACL injury as a result of the fall. Bush is no stranger to injury. Since he entered the league in 2006, Bush has missed multiple games for injuries to his knee, groin, ankle, calf, hamstring and fibula.
Nevertheless, the beleaguered college gridiron icon may have a pretty good case on his hands. Bush becomes the second player in consecutive weeks who slipped while running out of bounds at the Edward Jones Dome. Cleveland Browns Quarterback Josh McCown lost his footing on the concrete path surrounding the stadium in last weeks contest.
Given that its not a first time occurrence and the danger of having a slippery surface so close to the field, CBS noted that Bush’s suit will likely seek gross negligence . Bush employs former OJ Simpson “Dream Team” attorney Shawn Holley and her KWIKA firm to represent him in the litigation. In the past, Holley served clients Snoop Dogg, Paris Hilton, and Lindsey Lohan.
Bush, who sits in the pantheon of great college running backs, came under intense scrutiny after he left USC for accepting illegal gifts and privileges while attending. His behavior prompted the NCAA to vacate the Heisman Trophy that he won in 2005.
In 2010 USC football was slapped with a two-year bowl ban, four years’ probation, loss of scholarships and forfeits of an entire year’s games for their part in the scandal.