A visiting football coach injured in a brawl two years ago has filed a lawsuit against Hancock County schools, three sheriff's deputies and a former player.
Former Warren County coach David Daniel filed the lawsuit this week in the U.S. District Court in Macon.
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It comes after a fight between the Warren and Hancock football teams on Oct. 14, 2011 after a game in Sparta.
The lawsuit clams the two teams had an ongoing feud and that the Hancock players were the aggressors after the game. Warren County won, 21-2.
When the fight started outside the winners' locker room, the suit says, deputies Richard Mayweather, Tampa Lewis and Patrick Williams pepper-sprayed the Warren players but did not restrain the other team.
The suit says Hancock player Kendrez Mayweather struck Daniel on the face and head with his helmet.
The coach says he's been unable to work and needed extensive surgery for his face, brain and eye. He underwent rehab at Atlanta's Shepherd Center.
The lawsuit says Hancock County school failed to provide proper security and that the number of officers assigned to the game was not adequate.
The district's "deliberately indifferent" security helped cause the brawl and Daniel's injuries, the suit said.
We called Hancock School Supt. Gwendolyn Reeves and Sheriff Tomlyn Primus; they could not be reached for comment.
Last year, a Hancock County grand jury declined to charge anyone in the case. District Attorney Fred Bright said they heard conflicting statements about who was at fault. Some witnesses said Daniel was hit by a fist, not a helmet, Bright said.
Daniel is seeking damages, including medical costs and lost wages.
No trial date has been set for Daniel's lawsuit.