Danny Amendola's Father Sues Cowboys Stadium Over Runaway Golf Cart

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Willie Amendola, father of Patriots receiver Danny, has filed a lawsuit in Dallas County court. It names as defendant Cowboys Stadium, which is operated by Jerry Jones, and seeks at least $1 million for injuries and "great personal anguish and embarrassment" caused when Amendola was run over by a sentient golf cart in 2011.

Amendola is the head coach at Dekaney High, and had just won the state championship at Cowboys Stadium. Meeting with reporters at midfield, Amendola had no idea that motorized death was lurking. Stadium workers accidentally wedged a pylon in the accelerator, and it took off, mowing down everyone in its way, until one hero boarded the beast and stopped its rampage.

You can see Amendola in the gif above, in a light blue shirt. He's the one who winds up on the hood of the cart before bailing out. Here's how his lawsuit describes it:

Struck from behind, without warning, Coach Amendola was thrown back into the floorboard of the cart suffering serious bodily injuries. Coach Amendola heroically had the presence of mind to direct the cart, which he briefly controlled, in such a manner that it avoided striking the head or bodies of numerous others who had fallen. He rolled off the cart when he realized he could not bring it safely to a halt, hitting the stadium floor.

The entire incident was captured by cameras recording the post-game activities on the field. Videos of the incident were distributed by media sources on International, National, State, and Local television and internet news sites, causing Coach Amendola and his wife, great personal embarrassment and mental anguish, in addition to his considerable physical injuries.


Amendola isn't the only person claiming injuries from the cart, and likely won't be the only one to file suit.

[Dallas Morning News]