A third and final former UCLA football player who sued for injuries he says he suffered while playing for the Bruins has reached a settlement in his case.
Zachary Bateman played offensive tackle for UCLA in 2015-17. Bateman’s attorney, Pamela Tahim Thakur, told Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Jill Feeney during Monday’s final status conference that the case was resolved. No terms were revealed.
“The regents breached its duties to plaintiff Zach, causing plaintiff to suffer injuries to his feet and exacerbate his injuries by discouraging him from seeking medical attention for his injuries and compelling him to return to play without receiving medical attention for his injuries and/or before his injuries were healed and he was rehabilitated,” Bateman’s suit filed in May 2019 stated.
In their court papers, lawyers for the UC Regents stated that Bateman knew of the risks involved playing football and did so voluntarily. They also stated that he was 100% responsible for his negligent conduct.
In March, John Lopez, who played offensive tackle for the Bruins from 2013-16, reached a settlement in his claims just before Santa Monica Superior Court Judge Mark H. Epstein was scheduled to hear arguments on the NCAA’s allegations against the organization. Lopez’s suit, filed in May 2019, also named the UC Regents as a defendant.
The third former UCLA players, Poasi Moala played offensive tackle, tight end, fullback and guard for the Bruins from 2013-16 and also reached a settlement of his suit in March.