Warren County coach files civil lawsuit after football brawl

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October 17th, 2013

Coach David Daniel
Warren County football Coach David Daniel has decided to retire so he can focus on his recovery. (WRDW-TV / Aug. 22, 2012)

MACON, Ga (WRDW) -- A former high school football head coach is asking for a jury trial in civil court after a fight following a football game.

Warren County head coach David Daniel filed the civil lawsuit this week in Macon. In the 19-page suit he outlines how his injuries cost him much more than his expensive medical bills.

He says what happened on October 14th, 2011 shouldn't have. The Warren County Blue Devils played Hancock Central on the road and beat them 21 to 2. After the game he says his team was locked out of its locker room and was essentially ambushed.

During the fight he says a player from Hancock hit him in the face with a helmet. He was hurt so badly he had to have reconstructive surgery.

He says he still can't work and will have to live with this the rest of his life. He is suing the Hancock County School District, 3 Hancock County Deputies and the Hancock player he says hit him in the face with a helmet.

He doesn't name a dollar amount, but wants to be paid for his financial and emotional losses. Plus, any wages that he is no longer receiving because of that fight. He's also asking that each of the five defendants pay punitive damages as well.

The lawsuit claims that the Hancock County school system was "deliberately indifferent" about security at football games.
The lawsuit also claims that when the fight started that the three Hancock county deputies who are named deliberately targeted Warren County players with pepper spray.

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