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Former college wrestler suing after series of concussions

FILE - In this April 9, 2013, file photo, former NFL player Dorsey Levens, right, extends a hand as Mary Ann Easterling, the widow of former NFL player Ray Easterling, reacts as former NFL player Kevin Turner, left, looks down during a news conference in Philadelphia, after a hearing to determine whether the NFL faces years of litigation over concussion-related brain injuries. A federal appeals court has upheld an estimated $1 billion plan by the NFL to settle thousands of concussion lawsuits filed by former players, potentially ending a troubled chapter in league history. The decision released Monday, April 18, 2016, comes nearly a year after a district judge approved a revised deal that lifted the initial $765 million cap and weeks after an NFL official speaking to Congress acknowledged for the first time a link between football and CTE. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

FILE – In this April 9, 2013, file photo, former NFL player Dorsey Levens, right, extends a hand as Mary Ann Easterling, the widow of former NFL player Ray Easterling, reacts as former NFL player Kevin Turner, left, looks down during a news conference in Philadelphia, after a hearing to determine whether the NFL faces years of litigation over concussion-related brain injuries. A federal appeals court has upheld an estimated $1 billion plan by the NFL to settle thousands of concussion lawsuits filed by former players, potentially ending a troubled chapter in league history. The decision released Monday, April 18, 2016, comes nearly a year after a district judge approved a revised deal that lifted the initial $765 million cap and weeks after an NFL official speaking to Congress acknowledged for the first time a link between football and CTE. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — A former Old Dominion University wrestler has filed a lawsuit against the school, saying that despite being knocked out three times over a six-week period and exhibiting symptoms of concussions, coaches failed to refer him for medical treatment.

News outlets report Jordan Marshall says in the lawsuit that he suffered three concussions in May and June 2014. He says head coach Steve Martin and three assistant coaches didn’t refer him for treatment and told him not to complain about his injuries or seek medical attention.

The lawsuit says it wasn’t until Marshall began to “convulse, vomit and spit up blood” that coaches referred him to an athletic trainer.

The lawsuit says Marshall sustained a traumatic brain injury.

Old Dominion Senior Associate Athletic Director Debbie White says coaches couldn’t comment on the lawsuit.

 

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