Three Dallas Cowboys Are Being Sued for Not Saving a Football Camper Who Nearly Drowned

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In mid-July, CBS 11 carried a brief report about a near-drowning at a University of North Texas swimming pool. A teenager attending an overnight football camp had been pulled from the bottom of the pool by lifeguards around 9 p.m. on July 11 and rushed to the hospital.

The boy survived, but his parents say he hasn't fully recovered. In a lawsuit filed in Dallas County, they say that he is permanently impaired and disfigured. They're seeking upwards of $1 million in damages from Sports International Inc., which sponsored the camp, as well as from Dallas Cowboys Anthony Spencer, Miles Austin and Brandon Carr.

Their rationale for suing the football players, as described in the lawsuit: The camp was called the Anthony Spencer Football Camp. Their son was promised face time with "Anthony Spencer and current and/or former members of the Dallas Cowboys." Thus, the camp was "supervised by and subject to the control of" Spencer and his teammates, who negligently allowed the campers to swim at UNT's pool.

See also: Woman Claims She Suffered Third Degree Burns to Her Ass at Cowboys Stadium, Sues Jerry Jones

The suit provides no evidence that any of the players were physically present at the time of the near-drowning, and common sense suggests they probably weren't. Anyone who's gone to this type of sports camp knows the routine: hours of drills by no-name coaches, followed by a brief cameo from a couple of pro athletes.

Sports International Inc. all but spells it out in its FAQs:

Campers learn from outstanding veteran college and high school coaches selected for their ability to coach and teach the game of football. At certain camps the staff is complimented with current and former professional players and coaches who have a passion for sharing their knowledge with young athletes.

Then again, those coaches have pockets that are significantly shallower than those of professional football players. There's not much point in suing them.

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jamessavik
jamessavik

They are thinking that they figured out a way into rich football stars pockets and have won the lottery.

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hall16243

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TexMarine
TexMarine

This was a football camp, not a swim camp. Keep your ass out of the pool.

IckyTwirp
IckyTwirp

'complimented'

How stupid are football players? Let me count the ways...

Sharon_Moreanus
Sharon_Moreanus topcommenter

They just sued thier football "superstar" son out of any sports future.

Id be willing to bet he didn't even know to swim but was in the pool.

CitzenKim
CitzenKim

I injured my neck when I was driving by AT&T Stadium and a guy rear-ended me because he was looking at the stadium rather than where he was going.  Hey, Jerry Jones owes me $1M!

Daniel
Daniel

@Sharon_Moreanus Either he didn't know how to swim, he was egregiously wasted, or someone tried to kill him. These are the only three options, really. I guess it's remotely possible the boys were horsing around and he hit his head somehow, and nobody noticed. 

Mr.Earl
Mr.Earl

@Daniel

Anger issues from the 'roids and concussions much Danny Boy?

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