Former NFL Defensive Tackle Brad Culpepper has yet another headache stemming from his appearance on the popular CBS reality TV competition “Survivor”. The former professional athlete is being sued by the insurance company that paid him a $175,000 settlement for disabilities stemming from his nine seasons in the sport. As per Christopher Fusco, the lawyer representing the plaintiffs, Culpepper previously claimed he suffered an 89% disability. Naturally, this impacted his ability to conduct recreational activities. In the time since the insurer paid the claim, they witnessed Culpepper take up kick boxing. He eventually earned a black belt in the sport.
Culpepper said the claim was legitimate.
“If that’s what the doctors and that’s what my lawyers say, then yes,” he said, when asked if he was 89 percent disabled.
However, it was seeing him swimming, fishing with spears, and braving the elements as a contestant on the show that provoked the insurer to file a lawsuit.
“I never said I couldn’t do things,” he said. “I’m sure the Tramadol helped, and I’m sure the operation I had before I went out there helped as well.”
“I 100 percent wish I’d never asked him to be on the show, for all that he’s going through right now and being this insurance company’s target,” said Brad’s wife, Monica Culpepper, who competed in two seasons of “Survivor.”
They want their $175,000 back. For his part, Culpepper is claiming that his injuries at the time of the claim can be substantiated. It appears that the NFL had been encouraging players to file disability claims with the insurer.
The policy underwritten for the league does have generous terms and payouts are relatively easy to obtain. On the set of the show, Culpepper was unable to escape his racist reputation stemming from his NFL days. He was booted off during week two.
Brad Culpepper Being Sued for False Disability Claim