Former Arlington Bowie WR Kolby Listenbee Suing TCU for Being ‘Pressured’ to Play

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FORT WORTH — Kolby Listenbee, a former Arlington Bowie High School wide receiver is suing Texas Christian University for alleged pressure and harrasment to play through injury per a Thursday report by Deadspin.

According to the report, the lawsuit centers around he’s time was a Horned Frog between 2012 and 2016, specifically after an injury incurred September 2015 during a game against Southern Methodist University. The lawsuit also implicates current Head Coach Gary Patterson and former offensive coordinator Doug Meacham that forced Listenbee to “to return to play quickly in their quest for a national championship.”

It also comes around the same time as a Tweet between Listenbee and former teammate B.J. Catalon.

Listenbee is a 2012 graduate of Arlington Bowie High School, where he led it to a 9-4 overall record, a 5-2 record in District 4-5A and the UIL regional quarterfinal round during the 2011 season. The 6-foot former Volunteer threw for 929 yards six touchdowns and ran for 626 and seven. With Kenny Perry as its head coach and Listenbee under center, Arlington Bowie made the playoffs in back-to-back seasons.

After spending four years at TCU, he was selected in the sixth round of the 2016 NFL Draft by the Buffalo Bills, but was released a year later and spent time on the Indianapolis Colts’ and Miami Dolphins’ practice squads at the end of the 2017 season. The Colts signed him to a non-guaranteed reserve/futures contrac on Jan. 1.

According to a Friday morning report by the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, he is seeking compensation for damages in excess of $1 million from TCU. The Star-Telegram’s report further states school filed a motion in Tarrant County District Court that the school be removed from Listenbee’s lawsuit.

The motion reportedly came an hour before Listenbee’s legal advisors filed his lawsuit.


Marcus Matthews-Marion is the managing editor of TexasHSFootball, covering prep football throughout the Lone Star State and collegiate and professional football throughout the country. Follow him on Twitter, @TheMJMatthews, and read more of his content here.

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