White Sox Pitcher John Danks Faces Lawsuit for Failing to Call 911

Timothy RappFeatured ColumnistAugust 29, 2012

CHICAGO, IL - MAY 03: John Danks #50 of the Chicago White Sox pitches against the Cleveland Indians on May 3, 2012 at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)
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John Danks is done for the season after he underwent shoulder surgery in August. It turns out his offseason won't be much fun either.

The White Sox pitcher is being sued by 31-year-old Blake Papst, who alleges that Danks was negligent and failed to assist Papst when he fell from Danks' roof.

This one is pretty bizarre, folks.

Here are the details, via CBS Chicago:

The suit alleges that Papst stood on a concrete structure that rose about 10 feet above Danks’ rooftop deck. While he was standing, Papst’s brother pushed him on the concrete structure, causing Papst to fall to the rooftop deck, rending him unable to move.

The suit alleges Danks assessed Papst’s level of consciousness and breathing, but didn’t call 911. Papst is accusing Danks of being negligent for failing to call 911, withholding Papst’s cell phone and moving Papst to another room without knowing how that would affect his physical condition.

Papst is also suing his brother, Waylon. Yikes.

If the allegations hold up in court, then Danks' behavior was not only negligent, but he has just demonstrated exactly what you don't do in a situation like this.

If he had only failed to call 911, moved Papst or taken his cell phone, it would have been a lapse of judgment.

But all three? Seriously, dude?

Again, it is important to note that these are allegations against Danks. This information might not be true, or certain details that will clear Danks of negligence might have been withheld.

If that's the case, shame on Papst.

One way or another, this is just an odd situation. From a brother allegedly pushing another brother off a roof, to Danks deciding to hold on to Papst's cell phone—it doesn't get much more bizarre than that.


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