Former Kentucky wide receiver DeMoreo Ford has filed a class-action lawsuit against the SEC and NCAA, according to The Courier-Journal‘s Jon Hale.
Ford, along with former Murray State and Louisville players, filed suit against the NCAA and their respective conference in regards to concussions. Each player alleges “reckless disregard for the health and safety of generations” of athletes due to failure to properly address concussions sustained during their college careers, per Hale.
Ford played for Kentucky from 2005-09 where he collected 292 receiving yards and three touchdowns, but was advised by team doctors to give up the sport in November 2008 because of multiple concussions.
According to Hale, Ford alleges in the suit that he was told to return to the playing field after suffering several concussions in games and practices, and cited the 2007 Florida game as a prime example. The wide receiver said he sustained a concussion in the second quarter, vomited during halftime and was told to return to the play in the third quarter.
The former receiver now suffers from severe headaches, depression, mood swings and “other debilitating issues,” per Hale.