Former Penn State LB Nyeem Wartman-White files lawsuit

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A former Penn State linebacker saw multiple severe knee injuries deny a potential route to the NFL, and he’s suing an insurance policy provider as a result. Nyeem Wartman-White filed a $1.5-million lawsuit, John Beauge of PennLive.com reports, claiming an insurance company reneged on an agreement between the parties.

Wartman-White filed this lawsuit on Thursday against International Specialty Insurance Co. in U.S. Middle District Court, Beauge reports. It stems from the linebacker going undrafted last month after the setbacks sidetracked his career.

Wartman-White’s lawsuit claims he purchased a loss-of-value policy in 2016 as a senior after he decided to return to school rather than enter last year’s NFL draft. The linebacker tore an ACL in a September 2016 game against Temple, helping to keep him from being drafted when his name was entered in the prospect pool. The policy benefits stood at $1 million for permanent disability and $500,000 for loss of value, the suit states.

The 24-year-old linebacker filed notice of his injury in November of last year and February of this year, but his suit alleges he received no response and the company made no attempt to contact him. The suit states the policy was to cover any injury he suffered before Aug. 1, 2017, which presumably coincided with what would have been Wartman-White’s first training camp.

Injuries defined Wartman-White’s Nittany Lions career, which ended with just one notable season. As a sophomore in 2014, he finished as the team’s second-leading tackler. But he also suffered an ACL tear in 2015, leading to the defender bypassing the ’16 draft in hopes of a healthy senior season re-establishing his value.

With the policy being purchased in between ACL injuries, it’s uncertain what Wartman-White’s NFL value was at that time. But the 6-foot-1 player alleges the company reneged from this policy in a malicious manner, and he’s attempting to collect on it after those injuries look to have spoiled a potential NFL career.

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