Former Iowa player files lawsuit against university over negligence by coaches, trainers

Tuesday March 11th, 2014

William Lowe was one of 13 Iowa players diagnosed with rhabdomyolysis after a 2011 offseason workout. William Lowe was one of 13 Iowa players hospitalized after a 2011 offseason workout. (Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

A former Iowa football player filed a lawsuit on Monday against the university alleging negligence by the Hawkeyes' coaches and trainers, which led to physical and mental harm, the Associated Press reports.

According to the AP, ex-Iowa player William Lowe's lawsuit says that coaches and trainers "failed to properly supervise and monitor him" during a team workout. Lowe is seeking unspecified monetary damages.

Lowe was one of 13 Hawkeyes players hospitalized and diagnosed with exertional rhabdomyolysis after a Jan. 20, 2011 workout. He spent several days in the hospital but said the effects of the workout lingered.

Lowe says he was released from the hospital Feb. 2, but he still suffered from weight loss, pain in his lower back and legs, headaches and high blood pressure over the next several months. The 24-year-old says he suffered mental and physical pain and anguish that has required ongoing expenses for medical care, therapy, drugs and other treatment.

"The injuries and damages sustained by Plaintiff William Lowe ... arose from the same general types of danger that Defendant should have avoided through safe and proper athletic training and supervision," Lowe's lawsuit reads.

The report says that both the athletic department and the university declined comment on Tuesday.

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