Ex-USC CB Brian Baucham Files Lawsuit, Claims Lane Kiffin Forced Him To Play While Ill


Former Trojan cornerback Brian Baucham has filed a lawsuit against Lane Kiffin and USC, claiming that the former head coach forced him to play even though he was ill, the AP confirmed (via FoxSports.com)

Baucham last played for the Trojans against Cal in September of 2012.

During that game, Baucham alleges Kiffin made him play despite his being ill prior to kick off. The former player says he had suffered a concussion a couple months before.

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Baucham was removed from the Cal game in the second quarter and treated with fluids. He returned in the third quarter for a few plays, but could not continue and was treated again.

Baucham was coughing and could not get a full breath in the locker room and was taken by ambulance to the hospital. After he was admitted, doctors said there was “a bleed on the brain” and fluid in Baucham’s lungs.

The lawsuit states that Baucham suffered cardiopulmonary damage and brain injury as a result of playing that day.

He did not play in USC’s loss to Stanford the week before, though whether that was injury related remains unclear.

He also alleges that USC tried to revoke Baucham’s scholarship following the injury.

The bye was a relatively quiet week for the Trojans following the upset loss to Boston College, so it is almost no surprise that controversy has struck once more. Considering the praise Lane Kiffin received for his job as the offensive coordinator for Alabama this weekend, it was only a matter of time before the news cycle circled back around to offer up some bad news.

The OC Register’s Michael Lev tweeted out Pat Haden’s response to the lawsuit: