18
Dec
09

another stupid kid looking for a payday because of her own lack of coordination

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4 Responses to “another stupid kid looking for a payday because of her own lack of coordination”


  1. December 18, 2009 at 1:13 PM

    this comes to us from the NY Daily News. I’m biting my tongue hoping that one of you will say what I’m dying to say about an inconsistency in the article.

    HEADLINE: TEEN PLAYS HARDBALL. SUES CITY, HS SOFTBALL COACH AFTER BREAKING ANKLE IN SLIDE

    BYLINE: BY THOMAS ZAMBITO DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER With Michael J. Feeney

    PAGING JOE Girardi.

    A Queens softball player is suing the city, claiming she busted her ankle because her high school coach never taught her how to slide.

    Alina Cerda, 15, says she’s been sidelined for seven months and wants the city Education Department and Francis Lewis High School coach Bryan Brown to pay.

    The suit filed in Queens Supreme Court says Alina needed six screws and a metal plate to fuse the ankle she broke while sliding on a muddy base path during a May practice.

    City lawyers declined to comment, and Brown said he hadn’t heard about the suit.

    “I can’t comment on something I don’t know anything about,” he said last night before coaching the Francis Lewis girls varsity basketball team in a game against Bayside High School.

    Alina, a sophomore who plays third base for the Fresh Meadows school, said that after the accident, she missed her freshman season.

    Meanwhile, the Francis Lewis varsity squad went 14-2, and her teammates made it into the Public School Athletic League playoffs.

    “I was kind of sad not being in that [playoff] game,” Alina said yesterday. “I was upset not being able to play.”

    Alina’s lawyer, Clay Evall, says Brown wasn’t supervising the sliding drill but had some of the team’s veteran players teaching the new girls how to do it.

    “He wasn’t instructing them whatsoever,” Evall said. “He told her to watch the older girls do it.”

    Alina’s ankle twisted when her cleat got caught in the mud. Unable to walk, she called her father to pick her up and drive her home, she said.

    Since then, she has been going to physical therapy to regain strength and flexibility so she can play this spring.

    A thin red scar trails up the side of her left calf.

    “I’m playing right now, practicing, but I can’t sprint,” said Alina, who has played softball since she was 7.

    “If I walk on it a lot, by the end of the day, my leg gets tired and I have to rest.”

    Earlier this month, Jets coach Rex Ryan had Yankees manager Girardi teach his rookie quarterback, Mark Sanchez, a feet first baseball slide so he could avoid punishing tackles.

  2. 2 Mike greene
    December 18, 2009 at 2:10 PM

    If she’s been playing softball since she’s 7, why didn’t she learn to slide previously, and why weren’t all of her previous coaches named in the suit? And why is it her coach’s fault, or the school district’s fault that her cleat got caught in the mud, when that’s a peril that exists any time you play sports involving cleats. I just don’t see where there was negligence. Suit is frivolous at best.

  3. December 18, 2009 at 2:12 PM

    DING, DING, DING!!! We have a winner. This kid and her parents need to be put on display and embarrassed for the idiots that they are.

  4. 4 Anonymous
    December 18, 2009 at 4:06 PM

    Next she will sue Nike for the cleats being too sharp and getting stuck in the first place.
    Did the cleats come with instructions printed in English and Spanish? If not, there is another lawsuit.
    And don’t forget to sue the veteran player who was supervising the drill.
    Don’t laugh, the City will be found liable for allowing the kids to play on poor field conditions. And next time YOUR town closes its fields on days when everyone thinks they can play, you can thank this family.


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