Tuscaloosa, AL (WBRC) - A University of Alabama football player is named in a lawsuit over a fraternity pledging incident that allegedly left a man unconscious.
Alabama football player Kelly Gregory Johnson is at the center of a federal lawsuit. According to court documents, Johnson who was also a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity held a pledge party at his house the night of September 22nd 2010. During that party, Logan Herring, who was a pledge at that time, alleges that Johnson beat him until he was unconscious.
The lawsuit reads: "At said event, Mr. Herring began to feel sick and vomited on a couch."
It goes on to say that Herring got up and went to the bathroom. That's when the alleged beating took place. "Defendant Johnson, being intoxicated, approached Mr. Herring from the rear and negligently, wantonly, and recklessly kicked and punched his head numerous times, rendering herring unconscious."
The lawsuit alleges the beating caused herring quote "brain injury, memory loss, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, and depression."
University of Alabama student, Mark Cowart says, "I just think it's unfortunate that a simple pledge has to get beat, that's just wrong."
Mark Cowart is also in the fraternity system at Phi Delta Theta.
"It's not normal I didn't have to go through that here. It's just unfortunate," Cowart says.
The president of Sigma Chi on campus did not respond our email, but the executive director of the national chapter did, giving me this statement saying, "The fraternity is investigating and will work with the proper authorities to learn exactly what happened in the alleged incident. We expect the individuals mentioned in the suit to fully cooperate in the investigation, and we expect that the responsible parties will be properly held accountable."
Cowart says the whole incident never should have happened.
"I'm not going to beat somebody over that, that's just wrong," Cowart says.
Local media reports it reached out to the University of Alabama football program, but has not heard back yet.
No criminal charges were ever filed against Johnson.
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