Former Dekaney (Houston) football coach Willie Amendola, the father of New England Patriots wide receiver Danny Amendola, is suing Cowboys Stadium and seeking monetary relief over $1 million for an incident involving a runaway electric cart in December 2011.
Amendola, who left Dekaney last month to become the assistant athletic director for the Spring ISD, was being interviewed on the field at Cowboys Stadium after his team defeated Cibolo Steele in the Class 5A Division III state championship when he was upended by an unmanned electric cart.
The incident, which went viral on YouTube, left Amendola with a small streak of blood on his left forearm, but the Dallas Morning News reported that he conducted another interview following the collision.
The suit, which can be viewed here, alleges that Amendola suffered physical pain, mental anguish, physical impairment, disfigurement, medical expenses, and a loss of earning capacity and enjoyment as a result of the accident.
“Struck from behind, without warning, Coach Amendola was thrown back into the floorboard of the cart suffering serious bodily injuries,” the suit says. “Coach Amendola heroically had the presence of mind to direct the cart, which he briefly controlled, in such a manner that it avoided striking the head or bodies of numerous others who had fallen. He rolled off the cart when he realized he could not bring it safely to a halt, hitting the stadium floor.
“The entire incident was captured by cameras recording the post-game activities on the field. Videos of the incident were distributed by media sources on International, National, State and Local television and internet news sites, causing Coach Amendola and his wife, great personal embarrassment and mental anguish, in addition to his considerable physical injuries.”