- Associated Press - Saturday, June 6, 2015

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - An inmate is seeking $50,000 in a federal lawsuit over injuries he says he suffered when he ran headfirst into a goalpost while trying to catch a football at the Oregon State Correctional Institution in Salem.

The Oregonian reports (https://is.gd/Sp0MUq ) that 22-year-old Davonte Thomas is suing the Oregon Corrections Department, contending the protective padding on both goalposts in the prison recreational yard had been removed prior to the incident last September. He’s alleging negligence and cruel and unusual punishment.

The lawsuit says Thomas suffered a chipped tooth, a concussion, bouts of vertigo, a forehead scar and an inability to sleep.

Thomas contends the safety pads were reapplied to the goalposts after he filed a grievance a month after the injury.

Prison spokeswoman Tonya Gushard declined comment Friday on the lawsuit. She says the goalposts still had the protective padding.


Information from: The Oregonian, https://www.oregonlive.com

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