Former Oregon Lineman’s Injury a Failure of Leadership

Jordan Ingram Editorials

It’s hard to see former Oregon Ducks football players and coaches seated in a courtroom. There is a stark difference between the electric greens and yellows of Autzen Stadium roaring with glee at full capacity and the hushed, drab, beige-colored rooms of the Lane County Courthouse. For most folks, this is not a happy place. They don’t sell nachos in the lobby.

But perhaps the dated wood trim and moldings are the perfect decor for Lady Justice. No distractions, no cheer squad, no mascot riding a motorcycle to midfield. Just a pursuit of the truth.

Several years after Willie Taggart skedaddled from Eugene to Tallahassee like a crooked vacuum cleaner salesman, former Oregon offensive lineman Doug Brenner has filed multi-million lawsuit against the University of Oregon, NCAA, Taggart and his strength and conditioning coach Irele Oderinde for a training regimen on the first day of conditioning in 2017.

As a result of a workout consisting of “hundreds of pushups and up-downs without rest” without water, Brenner, who played right guard and center for the Ducks, along with offensive lineman Samuelu Poutasi and tight end Cam McCormick, was diagnosed with a potentially fatal rhabdomyolysis, or rhabdo, a condition where “damaged muscle tissue releases its proteins and electrolytes into the blood.” Brenner is seeking $125.5 million for both punitive damages and pain and suffering.

Craig Strobeck

Doug Brenner has filed a multi-million dollar lawsuit over a workout regimen that resulted in a life-threatening rhabdomyolysis diagnosis.

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