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USC, Armond Armstead lawsuit part of 'Nightline' report

January 03, 2013|By Gary Klein
  • Armond Armstead gets a hand to the face of Arizona quarterback Nick Foles in 2010.
Armond Armstead gets a hand to the face of Arizona quarterback Nick Foles… (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles…)

USC and a lawsuit filed against the school and others by former defensive lineman Armond Armstead are part of a report on a painkilling drug and its use in college football that will air Thursday night on the ABC News program "Nightline."

In his lawsuit, filed last August, Armstead claims he received improperly administered painkilling injections of Toradol -- a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug also known as Ketorolac — that caused him to suffer a heart attack and hurt his chances for an NFL career.

The lawsuit says that in 2009 and 2010, Armstead improperly received Toradol injections and that "[d]efendants made it clear" to Armstead that "these injections were mandatory," the suit says.

Armstead played last season for the Toronto Argonauts in the Canadian Football League.

In a story on the ABC News website, Armstead said, "I thought, you know, can't be me, you know? This doesn't happen to kids like me."

His mother, Christa, said in the report, "He was a race horse, a prize race horse that needed to be on that field no matter what. Whether that was a risk to him or not."

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