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[VIDEO] Former Vista Murrieta Football Player Suing District After Life-Changing Practice

The teen and his mom are suing the school district for negligence after he was injured practicing without pads.

A former junior varsity football player at Vista Murrieta High School is suing the school district after he was injured during a practice for which he wasn't suited up with protective gear, CBS Los Angeles reports.

Casey Aspinall says he was injured during an off-season football physical education class in 2010 when he took a hit to the head and received a grade-four concussion, according to a new CBS2 report.

“I remember the football coming towards me and everything went black,” he told the news agency. “Blood was everywhere. It was dripping down my face, on my chest, on my stomach, to my pants, my hands. It was messy.”

The teen said he is still suffering the effects from that fateful practice.  He and his mom are suing Murrieta Valley Unified School District for negligence. 

Watch the video above for more on why the players weren't wearing pads, and read more from CBS2 here.
Janise February 27, 2014 at 02:43 PM
With or Without Gear Football players get injured. It's the name of the game! Don't get into football assuming your gear is going to protect you, period. So sorry for the kid. Parents have to learn how to say, NO! If they don't want their child in sports. The parents have to live with the decision and risks that "They" make putting their kids in football/sports. Even if it's soccer, baseball, or hockey there are going to be injuries and some times in rare cases severe ones. There have been cases of kids having heat strokes or heart attacks on the field, who are you going to sew then? The water boy?
Mad Arsenal February 27, 2014 at 02:57 PM
Only fools think they can do something risky without consequences. Once you make a decision to partake in risk the consequences are owned by you. No one forced the player to practice. He made the decision to. This society that likes to blame others is a cop out.
Steve Newman February 27, 2014 at 02:57 PM
Janise- a report has come out that says soccer players can get concussions from playing getting contact with the ball. While any sports injury is sad- it is not a reason to sue. That is all some people live for- is to sue others for easy money. Look at the attorneys who sue small business for supposed ADA infractions. Easy money for them because the business would rather settle than run up a bill they can't afford. Same thing will happen here.
my comment February 27, 2014 at 02:59 PM
This parent had never seen football before so they had no idea there was injury risk, lighten up people.
Steve Newman February 27, 2014 at 03:19 PM
Kleineer- you played football- that is funny- what position, tackle and end - sit on the end of the bench and tackle anybody who comes near the water bucket. What a dismal failure you are.
Jason Allen February 27, 2014 at 03:24 PM
http://www.insidesocal.com/paspreps/2008/05/25/question-and-answer-time-with/ QUESTION AND ANSWER TIME WITH CIF: Everything you wanted to know about Association Rule Question – Can football programs wear helmets and shoulder pads during the off-season? Answer – No. The existing rules on when helmets and shoulder pads can be worn, when sleds can be used, what equipment can be used during Spring Practice and Summertime Rules are unchanged.
Fez February 27, 2014 at 03:33 PM
With the heat strokes or heart attacks, there have been incidences where coaches have purposefully denied water to players......stating that they need to endure and "suck it up". Injuries do happen, but precautions need to be in place and fully enforced as well. Why do you think the NFL has such stringent rules now ?? I am not saying that accidents will be 100% avoidable, but do not skip around the reality that sports.....especially football....needs stringent rules. Many players suffer concussions because of unnecessary hard hits without pads, but few are reported or pursued for fear of being rejected by the coaches or being called a "pussy". Let the courts decide. Because it is an aggressive sport, precautions need to be higher in schools as they are in the colleges and NFL. Stop the hate and anger towards this family and young man....it's not your place or mine to pass judgement.
SA February 27, 2014 at 03:42 PM
@Fez … It is not cool that a child was injured … What sucks are litigious parents that use their kids to spend tax payers’ money… This is a no brainer … “Sir did you know that football may cause injuries to your son?” “Yes” “Then why are you griping?” … So my parents should have sued The City of Newport for all the crashes I had skating down Jamboree because the city caused me to get speed wobbles … I say the city should issue bubble wrap to all parents and when their children are not wearing said wrap the parents will be sued by the City…
ChrisG February 27, 2014 at 04:20 PM
Tragic! They should either have pads or no full contact practices during the off season.
JCal February 27, 2014 at 05:05 PM
The story did not make clear how these football practice were conducted. Was it tackle? or touch/flag football? If it was tackle football with the O.K. from the school, then the school should be held responsible. If this was an accident during flag/touch football then it is different. The injury was caused by an elbow to the head. The same type of injury could occur in many sports. Basketball during a rebound or even soccer. I think the risks of injuries are known in any sport, the ultimate outcome of these lawsuits will not be to make any sport safer, but to have schools drop football (and later other sports) to avoid the lawsuits. Then the lawyers can start suing the school district for obesity due to the lack of physical activities available to the students. They always win.
Alek J Hidell February 27, 2014 at 05:19 PM
If the district doesn't have these kids and their guardians sign waivers, they might just have to pay. But of course they did. Such sue-happy ugliness.
Steve Newman February 27, 2014 at 05:38 PM
Speaking of ugliness- changing your sign in name does not hide who you are-Hidel.
Alek J Hidell February 27, 2014 at 05:42 PM
just an upgrade, you bellowing oaf......
Steve Newman February 27, 2014 at 05:51 PM
No same old Hidell- moronic to the end- which is coming.
Self-righteous Sally February 27, 2014 at 08:04 PM
Who are these people calling out the poor kid and his family for suing the school for "easy money"? There are guidelines that the school didn't follow that led to this injury. This wasn't a kid getting hurt at recess, this was a poorly supervised class that wasn't given proper direction or equipment. There should have been no physical contact unless they were wearing protective gear. Think of all the medical bills this kid has if he suffers these kinds of injuries, and you don't think the school should be held accountable for at least part of it? Yeah kids will be kids when they break their arm from jumping off of something too high or fight over a candy bar, not when they weren't aloud to have helmets! It wasn't that he just chose not to put one on, he wasn't given the option. Get a grip and think about the whole pictures before you make rude remarks about a persons motives, which by the way is only something we could speculate since none of us are actually the kid or a member of his family in the first place.
Just in Cali Until I Retire February 27, 2014 at 09:14 PM
Just another example of the idea that none of us are responsible for the things that happen to us. Why wasn't the kid wearing pads? His choice.
Nicolas Ballou-Perez February 27, 2014 at 09:45 PM
This is my best friend. He was such an amazing player and funny person. Now he isn't the same anymore and it eats me up inside cause I witness this and I didn't help. I miss my friend Casey. And @Aaron Powers fuck you you piece of shit. Blood was everywhere and no one helped him, he had to walk to the nurses office all on his own. My friend almost died! Imagine someone said that about your friend.
Mad Arsenal February 27, 2014 at 10:10 PM
Sad that it happened to your friend. We all bear the scars and consequences of our actions. Blaming others for our decisions is a cop out.
Jimmy John February 27, 2014 at 11:44 PM
He got hurt playing 2 hand touch.. And it was during PE not football practice.. From a football perspective for those of you that don't know any better (if you know football it is obvious) wearing helmets in this situation would be far more dangerous and above all, illogical.. There is a reason why it is a CIF rule that you CANT WEAR PADS IN OFF SEASON. Sure it's an unfortunate situation, but far from negligent. stop enabling people that when something goes wrong in their lives to try to fix blame instead of the problem.
JCal February 28, 2014 at 12:40 AM
Jimmy John - if you are right about this being 2 hand touch, I completely agree with you. I wish the news report would have made this clear. If you are right, then this was a freak accident and I do not see how the school (tax payers) should be held negligent and made to pay (tax payers). I knew some one who broke his jaw and had a concussion when he got hit in the face sliding into home plate. Guys have had their eye socket broken by elbows in basketball. Bad freaky things happen in life, that does not mean you are entitled to be reimbursed for your misfortune. Ultimately any money paid for these lawsuits means less money for the school to spend on educating students. This money does not appear out of thin air without any other consequences.
Jimmy John February 28, 2014 at 01:47 AM
JCal- They touch on it a little bit by mentioning it was in a physical ed class but brush through it quickly.. This is a situation where one football coach who is the PE teacher has all football kids in class where they do things like condition, lift weights and when coach is in a good mood lets them get on field and play around a bit. And that is what happened in this case. Nothing like a football practice where you have 7+ coaches a practice plan, and are doing football related drills w/contact. No matter the case, you always hate to see anyone get harmed in any way and it is a very unfortunate situation I just can't see anyone placing blame on a PE teacher/football coach for allowing a bunch of trained athletes to play around.
Jamee Parcell February 28, 2014 at 02:55 AM
I agree with Jimmy John, it was an unfortunate accident. And I know exactly what your talking about with 7th period PE. No one should be sued. I feel terrible for the boy. But it was an accident!
Dee February 28, 2014 at 09:14 AM
Hidell can change the outside, but the inside still remains. Dark and sinister and depraved
Dee February 28, 2014 at 09:33 AM
And doomed
Alek J Hidell February 28, 2014 at 09:44 AM
MERRIN!!!!!!
Dee February 28, 2014 at 09:46 AM
Did you mean to spell Muslim?
southernbelle February 28, 2014 at 11:53 AM
they don't wear full gear in summer practices because someone else sued for their kid getting too overheated and having a heat stroke. So, they changed the summer practices to no heavy gear to prevent heat strokes. Now someone sues because they didn't wear gear. Also--whoever said coaches deny water isn't correct--they used to but it is extremely touchy these days--again as a result of law suits. They break the entire team on timed water breaks to avoid any issues. anyone else notice this kid and his parents waited 3 yrs, and until after he graduated to file? interesting.
southernbelle February 28, 2014 at 11:57 AM
Alek--I literally spit out my coffee---the words you come up with just kill me!!! hahahahahahahahahahaha
MurrietaMom4 February 28, 2014 at 07:36 PM
It was 2 hand touch during PE class. So should the school be liable for my 5th grader getting kicked in the head with a kickball during PE? Or would I sue little league for my son breaking his nose because someone threw it and my son doesn't catch it? NO. This is because he lost his scholarship so they want to get a scholarship somewhere. It is unfortunate. But you want PE in schools ...now we cant have PE in schools because they could get hurt. Which is it?
Jamee Parcell February 28, 2014 at 10:52 PM
I also agree with Murrieta mom 4 my son broke his leg playing in a pony baseball game going into his senior year of high school, he had to miss out on football came and a few other things. Should I have sued harveston park because of hole in the grass! No it's called an accident! Just like what happen to this boy. My son also had 7th period pe and played 2 hand touch. It's harmless. It's pe! Accidents happen!

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