High school coach sues Cowboys Stadium over runaway golf cart

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A high school football coach who was struck by a runaway golf cart after the Class 5A Division I state championship in 2011 is suing Cowboys Stadium for $1 million, according to CSNHouston.com.

Willie Amendola, the coach at Spring Dekaney High School and the father of New England Patriots receiver Danny Amendola, filed suit earlier this week in Dallas County. The suit claims personal injury to Amendola as well as “great personal anguish and embarrassment” to Amendola and his wife because of the media attention the incident received.

After his team beat Cibolo Steele for the state title, Amendola was being interviewed at midfield when the unmanned motorized cart struck the group from behind. As others were sent sprawling, Amendola was knocked backward into the cart. He tried to gain control of the cart but eventually rolled out of it, spilling onto the field.

The cart initially sped out of control when stadium workers collecting pylons accidentally wedged one onto the accelerator.


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