Five injured football players in Maryland are suing the Montgomery County Public Schools because of serious burns they suffered when a custodian mistakenly washed football uniforms in a chemical in September 2014, according to WJLA-TV.
The two lawsuits filed by the former players at Springbrook High in Silver Spring are seeking $75,000 each, more than the school initially offered for pain and suffering. Roughly 40 players suffered burns.
“It felt like there were 100,000 hot needles in my skin,” defensive tackle Matthew Robinson told WJLA.
Robinson said he recalled a “wet substance” on his pads but didn’t think anything was wrong as he hurried to the practice field after school. During practice, the players felt a burning sensation.
The chemical — a solution called Virex 256 — is used to prevent the spread of MRSA and HIV.
“This seems like a case of colossal stupidity,” attorney Bruce Plaxen, who represents four players, told WJLA-TV. “These are kids that went to school to study and practice football and came home permanently scarred. I think it was Matthew [Robinson] who said, ‘It’s disrespectful to expect all of us to split $100,000 for what we went through,’ and I would agree with him.”
An school district spokesman declined to comment because of “pending litigation,” according to WJLA.
WJLA has more on this story but note the video contains graphic images of the scars and burns the players suffered.