USC football: School settles lawsuit brought by Stafon Johnson


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USC has settled a lawsuit brought by former running back Stafon Johnson, who was injured in 2009 when a bar carrying 275 pounds fell on his neck in the school’s weight room.

A hearing in Los Angeles Superior Court had been scheduled for Wednesday, but it was taken off the calendar because a notice of settlement had been filed, a court clerk said.


Johnson filed the personal-injury suit against USC and former assistant strength coach Jamie Yanchar in January 2011. The suit sought unspecified damages, claiming Yanchar negligently caused the bar to fall during a training session Sept. 28, 2009, because he was “distracted and not paying attention” to Johnson.

Johnson was sidelined the remainder of the 2009 season and underwent multiple surgeries for neck and throat injuries.

Johnson was signed as a free agent by the Tennessee Titans after the 2010 NFL draft, but suffered a season-ending ankle injury during an exhibition game.

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