Stafon Johnson, a former USC running back is filing a lawsuit against USC over a weightlifting accident that almost killed him. He claims that the weightlifting coach recklessly hit the bench press bar, causing it to crush his neck.
Johnson says he was benching 275 pounds when the assistant strength coach, Jamie Yanchar, struck the bar that Johnson was lifting, causing it to slip out of his hands and onto his neck. The accident ended Johnson’s college career.
According to the suit filed, Yanchar's "negligent, careless and reckless" action in striking the bar "substantially increased the risk inherent in Mr. Johnson's bench pressing."
USC has since released a statement saying, "USC firmly believes it was not at fault in Stafon Johnson's unfortunate weightlifting accident. We are sorry that Stafon was injured."
Ugh, this is going to get ugly in court!
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