Former high school football coach Alfred “Willie” Amendola is suing Cowboys Stadium LP after an unmanned cart ran over him in December 2011. The suit, filed Tuesday in Dallas County Court, claims stadium employees “failed to exercise proper control over” the motorized vehicle.
Amendola was not badly hurt when an unmanned motorized cart hit several men at the close of the Class 5A Division III state championship, the suit says. However, the suit also says Amendola was "struck, without warning, by a motorized cart, which employees ... failed to exercise proper control over."
The former coach of the Dekaney Wild Cats and father of New England Patriots wide receiver, Danny Amendola, was standing near the 50-yard line being interviewed when the runaway cart sent a crowd of people flying into the air.
Footage of the incident appears to show Amendola, having fallen into the passenger seat of the cart, attempt to steer the vehicle away from other people on the field. The suit states that he "heroically had the presence of mind to direct the cart, which he briefly controlled, in such a manner that it avoided striking the head or bodies of numerous others who had fallen.”
His attorneys said Amendola and his wife Valerie were humiliated by the incident. They suffered "great personal embarrassment and mental anguish,” the suit says.
Amendola left Dekaney last month to become the new assistant athletic director for the Spring Independent School District in Houston.
The Cowboys did not comment on the suit, citing policy that it does not discuss matters in arbitration.