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Paralyzed football coach sues after foam pit accident
Paralyzed football coach sues after foam pit accident

UNION CITY, Ga. -- A popular football coach paralyzed in a foam pit accident filed a lawsuit against the entertainment park where it happened.

Union City coach Jonathan Magwood was celebrating with his 10-and-under team at Rockbridge Adventures in Peachtree City in November. He jumped into a foam pit, landed on his neck, and broke two vertebrae.

DIG DEEPER | Read the lawsuit filed in Fayette County

A player on the team is credited with saving his coach's life by jumping into the foam pit and preventing Magwood from choking on his own blood.

The lawsuit claims Magwood took reasonable steps to ensure his own safety before the accident, including asking the pit attendant if he could jump into the pit; he was told to proceed. Magwood's lawyers argue the center didn't have an adequate number of foam blocks in the pit, failed to place a net 7 feet from the ground, and failed to have a backup safety protection system.

"What we've discovered from this situation is that this entire industry is not regulated in the state of Georgia," said attorney Chris Stewart.

The lawsuit was filed Tuesday in Fayette County.

Magwood is in a treatment program at Shepherd Center in Atlanta. He's learning to use a breath-controlled wheelchair.

'His spirit is up and down," said Mallory Magwood, the coach's mother. "But altogether he believes that God is going to heal him and that he will walk again, and that he'll be able to coach and mentor young boys like he's done in the past. And also he wants to have children."

Mallory Magwood said that since her son's accident, another man has contacted saying that he was also injured jumping into the foam pit back in February.

Rockbridge Adventures did not return 11Alive's request for comment.