Mater Dei Football Program Faces Accusations of Hazing Following Player’s Brain Injury

SANTA ANA, Calif.—The family of a former player for the heralded Mater Dei High School football team is suing the school for negligence, alleging he was severely injured in a team hazing ritual known as “Bodies” in which two players repeatedly land body punches on each other until one surrenders, it was reported Nov. 24. The lawsuit, filed Tuesday in Orange County Superior Court, accuses the team’s head coach, Bruce Rollinson, of having an “outrageous” dismissive attitude about the “dangers created by Bodies,” the Orange County Register reported. “This is especially true in light of the fact that the administration and coaches at Mater Dei valued the school’s status as a nationally recognized football powerhouse over the health and safety of its minor athletes,” the suit states, according to the Register. The suit alleges negligence, negligence per se-hazing in violation of California penal code, negligent failure to warn, train, or …

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