Lawsuit accuses UGA football player of bullying

Updated: Jan 7


Clay Webb ( photo/UGA)

Georgia offensive lineman Clay Webb is one of three defendants named in a federal lawsuit as being part of a bullying incident, which allegedly occurred when Webb was still a student at Oxford High School in Alabama.

According to a report from AL.com, the plaintiff, a minor named John Doe alleges that Webb and another student encouraged him to unknowingly drink from a Powerade bottle that contained Webb's semen.

John Doe and the other student named in the suit were both baseball players for the Yellow Jackets at the time, while Webb was a star football player and one of the top football recruits in the nation.

Webb is now a member of UGA’s football team. He played in two games in 2019.

John Doe is seeking compensatory and punitive damages in the lawsuit, which also names Oxford High School’s baseball coach for "failing to protect (the plaintiff) from harassment, intimidation and assault."

According to the lawsuit, John Doe was with Webb and other students in the Oxford field house on Oct. 8, 2018, showering after morning workouts during regular school hours. The complaint states Webb "masturbated and ejaculated into a Powerade bottle" at an unknown time, and that multiple students knew what it contained when John Doe asked whose bottle was on top of the lockers.

The complaint states that after John Doe drank the entire bottle students began to laugh at him and he was told that the bottle contained Webb’s semen. John Doe then tried to induce vomiting before calling his father to pick him up from school.

The lawsuit alleges that John Doe became a victim of additional bullying throughout the 2018-19 school year and into summer break after the incident, stating he was called homophobic slurs by classmates and members of the football team. The complaint also alleges students threw or rolled energy drink bottles at him with "insulting notes attached," and that someone driving past John Doe's home threw a Gatorade bottle into his yard while yelling insults.

The plaintiff transferred to a private school before the 2019-20 school year began.

AL.com reported its efforts to reach Webb, the baseball coach and the other unnamed student have been unsuccessful, and that it was unknown whether Webb was being represented by an attorney.

AL.com reported it received an emailed comment from the University of Georgia's Athletic administration:

"While we cannot comment on this individual student matter, we review allegations of misconduct by our student-athletes and hold accountable those that do not meet our expectations.”

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