A weightlifting accident more than a year ago nearly ended the life and college career of former USC running back Stafon Johnson. Now, he's suing the school.
The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages.
In September 2009, an accident in the weight room crushed his larynx when a bar loaded with 275 pounds fell on Johnson's neck during a bench press exercise.
The running back eventually recovered, but he was out the rest of the 2009 season.
He was picked up by the Tennessee Titans last April as a free agent, but his action in 2010 was limited because of an ankle injury he sustained in the preseason.
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"What we say occurred is that the bar was basically knocked out of his hand, causing it to fall on Stafon's neck, almost causing him to die," Johnson's attorney, Carl Douglas, said at a news conference Monday afternoon. "We think for that, those that are responsible should be held responsible for their actions."
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