Broncos player sues Chargers, NFL, ESPN and others over torn ACL



Broncos outside linebacker and special teams player Aaron Patrick is suing a host of organizations, including the Chargers, NFL and ESPN, after tearing his ACL last month.

The lawsuit was filed in California on Tuesday morning by his attorney, William M. Berman. For the following defendants, Patrick is suing for alleged premises liability: SoFi Stadium, Hollywood Parkland Company LLC, Stockbridge, The Flesher Group, Kroenke Sports and Entertainment and the Chargers.

The above defendants plus ESPN, the league, Moe “Green Hat” and Roe Mat Company are being sued for negligence.

The incident happened during the Oct. 17 Monday night football game between the Chargers and Broncos when Patrick attempted to tackle Chargers punt returner DeAndre Carter. Patrick walked on the mats covering the cables leading to the league’s replay monitor. The linebacker could be seen trying to avoid colliding with the NFL TV link (Green Hat), and according to the press release about the lawsuit, he eventually collided with the individual and his foot a rolled.

“Walking on one of the rugs, [Patrick’s] cleats became lodged in carpet and/or cords/cables running underneath and caused [Patrick’s] left knee to contort, causing it to fall awkwardly,” the lawsuit read.

Patrick is now out for the rest of the season because of this incident and is suing for non-economic and pecuniary damages of an undetermined amount. His lead attorney, Berman, said in the press release, “Player safety should be of the utmost importance to the NFL and its owners. The NFL is a multi-billion dollar business and sports enterprise, and it must do everything possible to protect its players from non-contact game injuries. As for Patrick’s injuries, Sofi Stadium was built at a cost of $5,000,000,000; the stadium should have state-of-the-art equipment to protect player safety, and not use the kind of $100 mats you’d expect to see in a restaurant kitchen.

There is precedent in this case, as cited in the record. Former NFL running back Reggie Bush tore his lateral meniscus after slipping on a concrete pad at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis during the 2015-16 season. His season was cut short and, in turn, he sued the Rams, ultimately winning $12.45 million in damages.

Patrick’s lawsuit alleges, according to the press release, “The defendants were negligent in their operations of SOFI STADIUM by allowing a dangerous condition to exist by placing three mats near the sideline to cover the cords/ cables that led to the power supply for the NFL Instant Replay monitor.”

In just his second year with the Broncos, Patrick had 11 career tackles in 17 games played.