PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The country’s first ALS-related lawsuit against the National Collegiate Athletic Association will be heard in Washington County.
Matthew Onyshko, a former football player at the California University of Pennsylvania, is suing the NCAA. He alleges the association didn’t do enough to protect athletes from concussions and their long-term effects.READ MORE: Northern Regional Police Officers Rescue Kitten Trapped Under Car Hood
Onyshko, 38, says he developed ALS after suffering brain and spinal cord injuries while playing football at Cal U from 1999 through 2003.
According to a press release from Onyshko’s legal team, the lawsuit alleges the NCAA “breached its duty of care by failing to provide proper monitoring, supervision, education and training,” regarding the long-term risks associated with repeated concussions.READ MORE: Part Of East Carson Street To Close During Vice President Kamala Harris' Visit To Pittsburgh
The NCAA is the main regulatory body for college sports. It was established by President Theodore Roosevelt in 1906 as a way to promote safe participation in college athletics.
The case will go to trial in Washington County. Onyshko’s legal team says it will include a claim for punitive damages against the NCAA.MORE NEWS: Homestead Grays Bridge Rededicated With Special Ceremony
A jury will ultimately be asked to decide whether the NCAA failed in its care of duty, according to Onyshko’s lawyers.