Sigma Chi, football player named in lawsuit

A one-time pledge of The University of Alabama’s Iota Iota chapter of the Sigma Chi fraternity filed a federal lawsuit last Friday against the fraternity and UA football player Kelly Johnson, alleging that during a “pledge event” in fall 2010, Johnson injured him physically and mentally by punching and kicking him as he vomited in Johnson’s bathroom.

In the lawsuit, the 2010 pledge Logan Herring states he was instructed by members of Sigma Chi to attend the event in Johnson’s house, where he was given and consumed alcoholic drinks, despite being a minor at the time.

According to the suit, Herring began to feel sick after some time and vomited on a couch in Johnson’s house before going to a restroom. The suit alleges that Johnson approached Herring while he was in the restroom and punched and kicked him until he was unconscious and also went on to strike him repeatedly as he attempted to leave the house.

The civil suit claims Herring was badly hurt and suffered a concussion, brain injury, memory loss, post-traumatic stress disorder and depression. It also says the alleged beating caused him to withdraw from the University, transfer to another school and undergo medical, psychological and pharmaceutical treatment.

The suit seeks damages from Sigma Chi Corporation and UA’s Iota Iota chapter, as well as the unidentified fraternity members who allegedly provided Herring with alcohol despite his being a minor, which is what he said caused him to be attacked. It also seeks damages from Johnson personally for allegedly failing to safely host a party at his home and for injuring Herring.

A source inside the Sigma Chi house said Johnson’s affiliation with the fraternity was terminated after the incident.

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