TCU Coach Berated Dr. For Protecting KO’d Player

Kevin O’Reilly of the American Medical Association had an extremely troubling report out of Ft. Worth this week from TCU football team physician Dr. Samuel Haraldson.

Gary Patterson Dr. Samuel Haraldson

(Dr. on Patterson’s staff? The truth shall get you fired.)

Haraldson reported to the AMA that after TCU football player Ed Wesley was literally knocked unconscious and later suffered memory loss during a Sept. 24 game against SMU, the doctor was “insanely” berated by TCU head coach Gary Patterson when Haraldson refused to allow Patterson to put Wesley back in the game.

Haraldson in the AMA report:

“Then five or six plays later, I literally was verbally accosted by the coach, screaming at me insanely at the top of his lungs that he doesn’t think [Wesley] has a concussion and what right do I have to hold him out.”

More from the AMA’s O’Reilly:

“Then five or six plays later, I literally was verbally accosted by the coach, screaming at me insanely at the top of his lungs that he doesn’t think [Wesley] has a concussion and what right do I have to hold him out,” Dr. Haraldson said.

Once TCU took control of the game, going on to win 41-24, TCU Coach Gary Patterson returned and “cast a pseudo-apology” for the outburst, Dr. Haraldson said.

Asked days after the game by ESPN Dallas about Wesley’s condition, Patterson said the sophomore running back was fine. “As far as I’m concerned,” the coach added, “he was fine 10 minutes after he got hurt.”

With TCU football staff member Dr. Haraldson exposing Patterson’s appalling actions, which are infinitely worse than what supposedly got Mike Leach fired at Texas Tech, it was a given that Haraldson would soon be forced to release a subsequent statement painting Patterson in a favorable light. Read more…