Reggie Bush, who suffered a season-ending left knee injury while playing with the San Francisco 49ers against the then-St. Louis Rams in 2015, won $12.5 million in a lawsuit against the Rams.
— Joel Currier (@joelcurrier) June 12, 2018
In a lawsuit filed in 2016, Bush alleged the Rams were at fault for his injury after he slipped on exposed concrete after running out of bounds.
From the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
“I’m very happy with the verdict,” Bush told the Post-Dispatch after the verdict. “The people spoke and decided very fairly.”
The former San Francisco 49ers running back filed suit in 2016, claiming he suffered a season-ending knee injury during a game against the St. Louis Rams on Nov. 1, 2015. Bush was returning a punt when he was pushed out of bounds, then slipped and fell on what his lawsuit called a “concrete ring of death,” a strip of exposed concrete about 35 feet behind the 49ers bench.
Two weeks after Bush was injured, the concrete surface in the Dome was covered with rubber padding.
The verdict awarded the former USC star running back $4.95 million in compensatory damages and $7.5 million in punitive damages. He also added that the lawsuit was focused around the safety of players.
“Safety always has to be a priority during games, during practices,” Bush said. “I’ll be honest with you, I’ve seen worse. Football’s a rough sport. It’s already as brutal as it can possibly be. We don’t need any concrete or anything else out there that can make it even worse for guys. They’ve got enough to worry about with other guys trying to take their heads off.”