KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) — The roommate of Tennessee football player, Josh Smith, has threatened a $3 million civil lawsuit if the player and his family don’t pay $875,000 compensatory and punitive damages by Tuesday, May 29, WVLT radio partner WNML reports. This dispute began after a fight broke out on May 5 between the two roommates in the house they shared together.
According to claims by attorney George Underwood Jr., childhood friend of Smith’s, Kennedy Foster, suffered a broken nose, broken teeth, and damage to both his eyes and right ear, WNML reports.
The Smith’s family attorney, Keith Stewart, received a Confidential Settlement Demand Letter on May 22 from Underwood. Josh’s father, Butch Smith, had been out of town when the document went out and did not receive it until early Sunday morning.
According to WNML, Josh Smith has been charged with domestic violence and was arrested at UT Medical Center, where Foster was being treated. Foster was taken to the hospital by Josh’s parents, Butch and Jennifer Smith.
Another one of the four roommates living in the house at 4228 Crosby Lane was Stokes. According to the incident report, Foster, Smith and Stokes had been been drinking on May 5 for Cinco de Mayo when Foster apparently wasn’t feeling well and went to the bathroom in his bedroom. When Foster refused to respond to Smith trying to check on Foster, Smith kicked down the door and a fight broke out between all three roommates.
Smith is alleged to have kicked Foster in the face multiple times.
While not going line by line, Stewart said he disagrees with many of the allegations in the settlement document, reports WNML.
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