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Linebacker's career likely over, lawyer says

Discussion in 'American Football' started by Johnny Lightning, Feb 2, 2007.

  1. Johnny Lightning

    Johnny Lightning Go Bolts

    Feb 7, 2006
    By Tony Manolatos
    February 1, 2007
    San Diego Chargers linebacker Steve Foley is suing the city of Coronado and the off-duty police officer who shot him last year.

    Officials have said Foley was driving erratically when officer Aaron Mansker spotted him Sept. 3. Mansker followed Foley for several miles before their confrontation on a cul-de-sac in Poway.
    Foley, 31, was shot in the hip, leg and hand.
    He missed the season and continues to recover. He is in Miami with friends for the Super Bowl, but one of his lawyers said watching the game won't be easy, just as it wasn't easy to watch the Chargers play without him.
    “Football was a huge part of his identity,” attorney Harvey Levine said yesterday. “It's unlikely he'll be able to play again.”
    Levine said that's the message doctors are giving Foley, who was replaced in the starting lineup by Shaun Phillips.
    Mansker, 24, a police officer for two years, was placed on administrative leave with pay after the shooting. He was reinstated in January.
    “He's fine,” Coronado Police Chief Paul Crook said yesterday.
    The lawsuit, filed Friday in San Diego County Superior Court, doesn't seek a specific amount. It asks for general and special damages, including medical expenses, as well as the “loss of both past and future earnings.”
    It also seeks punitive damages against Mansker “in an amount appropriate to punish or set an example. . . . ”
    The suit has renewed interest in the shooting.
    Bloggers like Edgar Moscoso of El Cajon instantly started responding after someone posted a link to a Web site showing the court filing.
    “My hope is that justice is served,” Moscoso said by phone. “Foley has to be held accountable, but his career might be over. That's the bad part.”
    Foley's blood-alcohol level was tested shortly after the shooting and measured 0.23, nearly three times the legal limit of 0.08, court documents say. A blood sample taken about two hours later measured 0.16.
    Foley, who had been at a nightclub in the Gaslamp Quarter, is facing two counts of driving under the influence. He pleaded not guilty.
    County prosecutors continue to review a sheriff's probe that looks at whether Mansker broke the law when he shot Foley.
    Mansker, who was 13 when his father was killed by a drunken driver, has testified he was not in uniform and was in his own car when he saw Foley's custom Oldsmobile Cutlass traveling up to 90 mph on state Route 163.
    He also testified he shouted at Foley, ordering him to pull over and identifying himself as an officer. He said he never showed Foley his badge.
    Mansker's testimony came during the preliminary hearing for a passenger in Foley's car, Lisa Maree Gaut, who is facing felony and misdemeanor charges.
    Gaut is accused of getting behind the wheel of Foley's car and trying to ram Mansker, who was waiting for uniformed officers when he fired at Foley just outside the player's home. It was just before 4 a.m.
    Foley's lawsuit says Mansker violated standards of care in pursuing and then shooting Foley. It further alleges the city of Coronado failed to properly evaluate, screen, hire, train and supervise its police officers, including Mansker.
    “The suit is going to settle on the actions of the officer and whether they fell within police protocol,” said attorney Jordan Cohen, who is also representing Foley. “That's what we believe fell below the standard of care.”
    City officials said yesterday they had not been served.
    Mansker told sheriff investigators he fired warning shots into a bush before shooting Foley. He also has said Foley walked toward him, raised his shirt and reached into this waistband.
    Foley was not armed. Lawyers for Gaut have said she and Foley thought Mansker was a carjacker.
    Foley was shot at least twice and records indicate one of the shots entered the rear of the hip and exited the front. The team placed Foley on injured reserve, and he forfeited his $775,000 salary. He underwent several surgeries and was hospitalized for about a month. He has been undergoing outpatient rehabilitation since early November.

  2. foober

    foober BoltTalker

    Aug 17, 2006
    i'm guessing the chargers will try and land another good outside linebacker. Possibly the 1st or 2nd pick. They were looking and talking to alot of outside linebacker types at the senior bowl.
  3. AnteaterRaider

    AnteaterRaider Carpe Diem et omni Mundio Staff Member Super Moderator Podcaster

    Jan 19, 2006
    there's an interesting prospect out of purdue at DE who could make the transition
  4. MtlBoltsFan

    MtlBoltsFan Jesse Ventura/Howard Stern 2016

    Jun 27, 2006
    I don't know why people are saying this guy will go undrafted I wasn't aware his injury is THAT serious but hey, if the Chargers medical staff gives AJ the thumbs up you can bet your azzes that AJ is drooling over stealing

    BRIAN SMITH, DE/OLB Missouri

    This is one of my boys. Hopefully he takes the Shaun Phillips plunge. Guy is 6'4 235 and will have to bulk up to be an every-down player in the NFL but he can. He is lightning quick off the edge and anchored a very gritty Mizzou defense. I really don't know much about his injury so again it will all depend on that but if people are looking past him I guarantee you that AJ is not.
  5. underoath

    underoath BoltTalker

    Sep 2, 2006
    this is why I have been targeting Victor Abiamiri or Lawrence Timmons in the first.

    BOLTS4LIFE Banned Banned

    Oct 13, 2006
    Now he's got plenty of time for drinking!!!

    I just hope he learned not to drive afterwords!!!!
  7. bigmike.x.09

    bigmike.x.09 Well-Known Member

    Oct 22, 2006
    i thought foley had his KNEE blown out :icon_huh: :broncfan:
  8. reddenedbeard

    reddenedbeard Well-Known Member

    Aug 2, 2006
    Foley is going to be rolling in the dough once this is all said and done.

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