In December 2011 we brought the story (complete with astonishing video above) of a runaway golf cart wreaking havoc at a high school American football game at the Dallas Cowboys Stadium.
Dekaney High School football coach Alfred "Willie" Amendola had just coached his Wildcats in the 5A Division I state championship and was standing at midfield, conducting interviews, when a wayward golf cart bowled him over.
Amendola was knocked into the cart, and rolled it off the field after trying to control it. Apparently, the cart developed a mind of its own after workers who were removing pylons from the field accidentally lodged one in a way that got the cart's accelerator going. Several reporters were also affected by the aggressive cart.
Fortunately, nobody was seriously hurt - and as much as this sounds funny on paper, the cart was getting up a head of steam, and this could have been even worse (and weirder) were it not for coach Amendola's quick thinking and lightning reflexes.
Now, Amendola, the father of New England Patriots receiver Danny Amendola, is suing Cowboys Stadium, L.P. in the District Court of Texas. The suit claims "past and future pain and suffering; past and future mental anguish' physical and mental impairment, past and future; disfigurement, past and future; past and future medical expenses; loss of earning capacity; and loss of enjoyment."
This wouldn't be the first time Cowboys Stadium L.P. was involved in a lawsuit either.
There was a seating debacle related to Super Bowl last year, when a group of ticket buyers claimed that they had to watch the game on television because their temporary seats were not installed in time for the game.
One of those suits was dismissed last month, which left four plaintiffs unhappy, through another lawsuit involving hundreds more aggrieved parties will go forward in October.
Coach Amendola's son was signed by New England to a five-year, $28.5 million contract in March.
The elder Amendola is suing the Stadium for an amount exceeding $1 million.
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