Posted: Feb 10, 2012 6:20 PM by Melissa Hawkes
Updated: Feb 10, 2012 6:21 PM
Lafayette Parish parents are filing a lawsuit against a Carencro Youth Football Coach and other entities after a play at a game against a Carencro team left a player injured. Three Carencro players apparently charged at a Broussard player, sending him to the hospital with injuries.
Many parents believe the Coach Ryan Leger had something to do with the players aggressive actions. They accused him of telling his team to intentionally hurt their opponents. Now the victim's family is filing a lawsuit against Carencro Area Youth Sports, Inc. or CAYSI for short , the coach and Lafayette Consolidated Government.
Back in September Leger said, "I've never told a kid or kids as long as I've been coaching to intentionally hurt another kid on any opposing team.
Intentionally or not the play at the Neyland Park Jamboree shows three of his players using what some say is unsportsmanlike conduct, which sent a ten year old boy to the hospital with injuries. His parents, Steven and Renee Walker, are seeking damages for medical expenses, pain and suffering.
All three entities are being sued for negligence among other things. LCG is involved because the lawsuit says they oversee the league.
No one from CAYSI wanted to speak on camera but the organization issued the following statement:
"CAYSI is a non-profit organization operated by volunteers whose mission is to promote opportunities for good and safe athletic participation to the youth of Lafayette Parish. CAYSI is proud of its long-standing history and success in the accomplishment of its mission. Regarding the recent lawsuit against CAYSI, it is an unfortunate occurrence any time a child is injured in athletic competition, but CAYSI did not cause or contribute to any injury the child may have sustained. Shortly after the incident alleged in the lawsuit occurred, the Lafayette Parks and Recreation Department conducted a review and investigation into the incident and found no evidence of any wrong committed by CAYSI or the volunteer coach, Mr. Ryan Leger. CAYSI is confident that it will be similarly cleared of any fault in Court. Because this matter is in litigation, CAYSI cannot comment further at this time, but will be responding to the lawsuit in due course."
The lawsuit said the organization is at fault for a number of reasons, ranging from inadequate staffing, poor referee choices to not properly enforcing rules and regulations. After the incident, the Department of Parks and Recreation investigated him, but didn't find him at fault. The three players were suspended for three games.
This case does not have a court date yet.