Three Former Linemen Sue UCLA Over Injury Treatment

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Three former UCLA offensive linemen are suing the school alleging that mistreatment of concussions and other injuries only made their situations worse.

In their suits filed Wednesday in Los Angeles Superior Court, John Lopez, Poasi Moala and Zach Bateman contend that former coach Jim Mora and trainers shamed or coerced athletes into continuing to play without proper treatment after they suffered traumatic head or foot injuries. Lopez and Moala allege that they have symptoms linked to chronic traumatic encephalopathy as a result of concussions. Bateman alleges that he was compelled to play before his serious foot injuries had healed.

They name UCLA regents, Mora, offensive line coach Adrian Klemm, associate trainer Anthony Venute and the NCAA, and each seek $15 million in compensation, according to, citing a Los Angeles Times report.

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