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A Former Star Player Is Suing Gary Patterson, TCU

TCU Coach Gary Patterson crossing his arms.

FORT WORTH, TX - DECEMBER 03: Head coach Gary Patterson of the TCU Horned Frogs leads the TCU Horned Frogs against the Kansas State Wildcats at Amon G. Carter Stadium on December 3, 2016 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

The Horned Frogs are being sued by a former star player.

A former Big 12 star is suing his former school and head coach. The player is alleging abuse and harassment.

Kolby Listenbee, a former standout wide receiver at TCU, is suing the Horned Frogs and head coach Gary Patterson, according to the Star-Telegram. He's accusing the program of mistreatment following an injury.

The wide receiver, who was drafted by the Buffalo Bills in 2016 but was released before playing a game, got hurt during his senior season in 2015. The injury occurred in a contest against SMU.

Listenbee, an Arlington, Texas native, says he was mistreated by Patterson and TCU's coaching staff following the injury. The Star-Telegram has the details:

Listenbee, who was injured against SMU during his senior season in 2015, alleges that TCU head coach Gary Patterson, then offensive coordinator Doug Meacham and other coaches “continuously pressured, humiliated, and harassed Listenbee shortly after his injury diagnosis in an effort to force Listenbee to return to play quickly in their quest for a national football championship.”

TCU released a statement in response to the allegations. The Horned Frogs didn't offer much of a comment.

“As a practice, Texas Christian University does not comment on the specifics of pending litigation,” the release said. “However, TCU takes tremendous pride in its long-standing tradition of excellence in providing a positive experience for its student-athletes, especially in the areas of care, prevention and rehabilitation of athletic injuries.”

Listenbee adds that he was pressured to return to the field before he was fully healed. He accuses TCU of "routinely injected him with pain and steroidal medications to make it possible for him to endure the pain of the injury while playing."

Full details on the lawsuit can be read here.