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Former Frogs, including Alamo Bowl hero, speak up about Listenbee lawsuit

TCU’s Kolby Listenbee ran a 4.35 40-yard dash at the Combine.
TCU’s Kolby Listenbee ran a 4.35 40-yard dash at the Combine. Fort Worth Star-Telegram

"Why don't you sue cause (sic) you were 'harassed,'" a TCU football fan favorite and former teammate of Kolby Listenbee posted on Instagram Friday night. "Sounds logical?? Not"

That was Bram Kohlhausen's take on Listenbee's personal injury lawsuit against TCU, Gary Patterson, former athletic director Chris Del Conte, former offensive coordinator Doug Meacham and others, in which the former wide receiver claims he was "continuously pressured, humiliated and harassed" into playing while injured during the 2015 season.

Listenbee says the mismanagement of his injury cost him more than $1 million in an NFL career that fizzled due to injuries when he was cut by the Buffalo Bills in June 2.017.

Some of Listenbee's old teammates, including Kohlhausen, are planting themselves firmly in the TCU camp. Kohlhausen led the Horned Frogs to a stunning 47-41 win over Oregon in the 2016 Alamo Bowl to cap the season during which Listenbee was injured while catching a touchdown against SMU.

Kohlhausen's comment was in response to a series of photos posted by former TCU offensive lineman Brady Foltz.

Foltz captioned those photos with, "The few of many reasons why I played through my shoulder and sacrificed for my teammates during my senior campaign. No questions, no regrets, all business. #StillBleedPurple #Facts." In one, Foltz is hugging Patterson on the sidelines, and another features Foltz' right arm in a sling.

He played his last four games in purple with a torn shoulder.

"It saddens me to hear that one of my brothers who I fought with wants to disrespect the institution that gave us an opportunity to be great and to be successful," Foltz told the Star-Telegram. "There are so many former Frogs who sacrificed their bodies for the betterment of the team without question, including most of the senior class of 2015."

Listenbee's claims in the suit include that coaches told his teammates that the receiver was "faking it" because he was "soft."

Foltz said Listenbee's reputation on the team was as a guy who "would work when the coaches were looking, but wouldn't do the extra work that it takes when it comes to injuries and taking care of your body."

Brady Foltz now coaches tight ends and fullbacks at Butler Community College in Kansas.

Blaize Foltz, Brady's older brother, played offensive guard at TCU ahead of Brady and Listenbee and offered similar opinions on Twitter.

"You knew the risks...," Blaize Foltz tweeted Friday, addressing the Listenbee lawsuit. "... How dare you go after our family."

He also referenced Listenbee's TCU Pro Day workout in 2016, tweeting, "I'll just leave this here."

In the video, which was taken ahead of the 2016 NFL Draft, Listenbee praises the TCU coaching staff and medical staff for helping him get to where he is.

Former TCU and current Oakland Raiders offensive lineman Marshall Newhouse was still withholding judgement, according to his tweet Thursday evening.

Terrell Lathan, a TCU defensive end from 2012-2015, tweeted in support of Listenbee, though. Lathan had four sacks and 6.5 tackles for loss during the 2015 season, when Listenbee claims to have endured the pressure to play and humiliation referenced in his lawsuit.

Lathan used a simple hashtag to voice his support for his former teammate: #istandbehindjblast.

Matthew Martinez: 817-390-7667; @MCTinez817

Jordan Ray: 817-390-7735; @JordanLRay

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