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Former St. X soccer player sues university over hazing allegations

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LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – A standout St. Xavier High School soccer player is suing Xavier University, claiming he was hazed to the point of multiple concussions.

Neil Henley was a stand out soccer player at St. X. He was so good he was offered a full ride scholarship to Xavier University in Cincinnati.

According to a recently filed lawsuit Brian Goldwasser, who represents Henley, in February 2013 Henley was pressured to attend an off campus party thrown by upperclassmen from the men's team.

"It's our understanding that it known throughout the university and the coaching staff that this party goes on and it's an annual event," said Goldwasser.

The lawsuit states Henley and the other freshmen soccer players were required to consume significant amounts of alcohol and engage in embarrassing activities.

As a result Goldwasser said Henley hit his head multiple times, even falling while being required to carry a keg of beer up a flight of stairs.

"He has absolutely no recollection of the party at all," said Goldwasser. "He doesn't know if he was slipped something, all the information he has about the number of times he had head injuries and how many head strikes he had and passing out, all came from other players who were there."

The documents claim two days later Henley was treated for a concussion and was cleared to play by an unsupervised student trainer. Less than 45 days later, he suffered a second concussion during a game. In June of 2013, his scholarship was revoked, the university cited "performance issues."

"Neil was allowed to return to the field without any medical clearance without undergoing the testing the university has within their own procedures and because of that, he developed post concussive syndrome which has severely impacted him," said Goldwasser.

Xavier University responded to the lawsuit in a statement saying, "We have reviewed the complaint. The allegations of wrongdoing are unfounded. The University will provide a vigorous defense."

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