Danny Amendola's father sues Cowboys Stadium for $1 million
Willie Amendola, the 57-year-old father of Patriots wide receiver Danny Amendola, is suing Cowboys Stadium for $1 million. The older Amendola was run over by a runaway golf cart in December 2011.
(Video courtesy of YouTube)
The lawsuit stems from an incident involving a runaway golf cart on Dec. 17, 2011. The older Amendola was at Cowboys Stadium that day coaching his team, Spring Dekaney High School, in the Texas 5A Division I state championship game.
After the Spring Dekaney victory, Amendola was at midfield for a postgame interview when a runaway golf cart plowed into him and several other people. Amendola was dragged almost 30 yards by the golf cart before finally jumping off the wayward vehicle.
Although he wasn't seriously injured in the incident, Amendola is suing for "past and future physical pain and suffering; past and future mental anguish and past and future medical expenses," among other things.
The golf cart went astray after an end zone pylon became wedged against the accelerator. As you can see in the video above, the golf cart took out several people and probably would have dragged Amendola across the entire field if he hadn't barrel rolled off the side at about the 24-yard line.
The younger Amendola, who signed a five-year, $31 million deal with New England in March, started his NFL career in Dallas. The Cowboys signed Amendola as an undrafted free agent out of Texas Tech in 2008 and he spent the 2008 season on the Cowboys' practice squad.
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