What The Hell Is Wrong With These Greeks?? Student Suing for Hazing Brain Damage!
The son of a legendary Dallas Cowboys player is now suing a University of Oklahoma fraternity, alleging that a hazing ritual left him with permanent brain damage so severe he can no longer remember his Social Security number.
According to lawyer Christopher Cooke, Blake Novacek, 20, whose father is former NFL tight end Jay Novacek, was subjected to numerous hazing incidents as he pledged the Gamma Phi chapter of Beta Theta Pi fraternity in the fall semester of 2015.
“Frankly, Blake’s parents sent him off as a happy, healthy, well-adjusted boy and he came back a basket case,” Cooke said.
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In court documents related to the lawsuit, Blake Novacek said that on Oct. 11, 2015, he was taken into Shane Musselman’s room, where Musselman asked him to recite pledge facts.
When he was unable to do that, the complaint alleges, Novacek was struck in the stomach with a baseball bat, which caused him to “fall backwards and strike his head on a hard object, knocking [him] unconscious.”
Cooke, his lawyer, said he was knocked unconscious around 2:30 a.m. and woke up at noon. According to the complaint, he awoke “on a couch in the fraternity house. His clothes had been laundered and were folded beside him.”
The complaint alleged that after the incident, Novacek “was then confronted by Defendant Gavin Martindale, who told Plaintiff to keep his mouth shut about the hazing incident.”
The lawsuit also includes Martindale and Musselman.
In a statement to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Musselman said: “The allegations against me are completely false, and I have no idea why they are being made. My family is hiring an attorney, and I intend to aggressively fight this suit and defend my reputation.”
Martindale told OUDaily:
“I’m bewildered by this lawsuit. The allegations are entirely untrue, and I’m mystified why this person is making these claims against me. To be honest, I’m angry about this, and I will be hiring a lawyer to aggressively defend me against these baseless accusations.”
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