A college football player is suing the University of Virginia for promoting a culture of "bullying, abuse, harassment, and discrimination" in the school's football program.
In a lawsuit filed last Friday, Aiden Howard alleged that he was routinely mocked and humiliated by his teammates, who regularly called him "retarded" due to his learning disability.
The former Virginia receiver also claims upperclassmen forced him into a staged fight, which left him with a broken eye socket, before he eventually left the program and transferred to Robert Morris.
According to the suit, the athlete started getting bullied by the other players because he wasn't manly enough, specifically naming defendants Doni Dowling and David Eldridge for targeting him "because of his soft-spoken and mild-mannered nature."
The suit goes on to say coaches did nothing to stop the harassment, and claims wide receivers coach Marques Hagan enabled the abuse by harassing Howard himself, stating: