J.T. Barrett, an Ohio State quarterback, recently suffered a knee injury during a football game against Michigan. Unlike typical football injuries, however, this one involved a cameraman. During warm-ups, Barrett’s right knee made impact with a camera being held by a cameraman. Ohio State’s head coach was furious because the injury ultimately prevented Barrett from participating in the game later that night, and their opponents walked away victorious. Directly after the game, the coach attended a press conference and called for an investigation into Barrett’s injury. According to one eyewitness, the cameraman was malicious in hitting Barrett with the camera.
According to statements by Barrett, it seems that space was limited at the time of the injury and the cameraman was attempting to squeeze through the crowded area when the impact occurred. These conditions suggest that the injury was likely accidental, but criminal charges could be pursued if evidence shows malicious intent. If Barrett’s injury requires surgery at a later date, then he can still pursue compensation for his injuries in civil court. To make matters more complicated, Ohio State’s playoff chances are dependent on Barrett’s football performance. If his injury impacts his future football career, then the injury could cost millions.
The potential complications of this case brings into question whether the media company would be held responsible for the cameraman’s actions and whether the stadium would be partially responsible. Time will tell whether Barrett intends to pursue negligence claims or not.
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