Stanley Doughty, #55, with the South Carolina Gamecocks, November 25, 2006 in Clemson, South Carolina. South Carolina won 31-28. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
Columbia, SC (WLTX) -- Stanley Doughty, who played as a defensive tackle for the USC Gamecocks from 2003 to 2006, says he suffered injuries that prevented him from having a career in the NFL.
In a Class Action filed in U.S. District Court in Columbia October 22nd, Doughty's filing asks the Courts order the NCAA to set up a Medical Monitoring fund to cover long-term and latent brain injuries.
Doughty's filing also notes this Class Action is for all former NCAA players who suffered traumatic head impacts while playing in the NCAA: "The members of the Class are so numerous and geographically widely dispersed that joinder of all members is impracticable."
Having suffered repeated head impacts during his college career, Doughty notes he even experienced temporary paralysis following one in-practice collision in 2004. In a game in 2005, Doughty says he collided with a running back that left him temporarily unable to move.
Doughty's filing says the Gamecocks did not order an MRI, and that he also suffered similar head impacts during his college career, but can not recall specific instances.
Then in 2007 Doughty opted to leave South Carolina in hopes of gaining a slot with an NFL team. He was signed shortly after with the Kansas City Chiefs, but their medical tests revealed he would not be medically cleared to play professional football.
The tests performed by the team revealed Doughty had an "acquired spinal injury," often the result of sudden, traumatic, helmet to helmet collisions.
The Chief's medical staff advised him to seek surgery to prevent worsening of symptoms that include limited use and a burning sensation of his right arm, along with anxiety, depression, mood swings, sleeplessness, and an inability to concentrate.
Following his release from Kansas City, Doughty has not been able to obtain the necessary surgery, or other medical treatments available for his conditions.
In the class action, Doughty claims the NCAA has a duty to protect college football players, and the organization has "ignored this duty, and provided immensely from its inaction and denial, all to the detriment of the players."
Doughty and the other plaintiffs in the case are seeking lifelong medical monitoring for the long-term risks of brain injury.
The class action goes on to detail risks of head injuries sustained by football players of all ages, presenting evidence of short-term and long-term effects of sports-related head injuries.
The class also includes specific items that they claim demonstrates the NCAA was aware of the risks associated with head impacts and concussions, including highlighting a 1982 implementation of an NCAA injury surveillance system, put in place to document injuries to the head and neck in Collegiate Athletics.
Doughty's filing asks for a Court certified Medical Monitoring Class be set up for former players, for their increased risks of neurodegenrative disorders and diseases.
The Class seeks damages to compensate the Plaintiffs for injuries sustained, and "an injunction creating a Court-supervised, NCAA-funded, comprehensive medical monitoring program for Plaintiffs and the members of the Class, which would facilitate the early diagnosis and adequate treatment in the event that a neurodegenerative disorder or disease is diagnosed in Plaintiffs or members of the Class."