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 (Oxford, Ala.).
According to a report from AL.com, the plaintiff, a minor named John Doe — suing by way of his father, Richard 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, since graduated, is now a member of Georgia’s football team and played in two games in 2019.
John Doe is seeking compensatory and punitive damages in his suit, which names Oxford baseball coach Wesley Brooks individually for “failing to protect (the plaintiff) from harassment, intimidation and assault.” The suit states Brooks should have been in the locker room to prevent the bullying incident, but was not.
According to the suit, 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.
According to the complaint, John Doe asked another student whom the bottle belonged to, and that said student advised him not to drink it. John Doe then asked the entire locker room who it belonged to before the other student named in the suit allegedly said, “Yeah, that’s mine from last week. Don’t worry about it, you can have it.”
The complaint then states that, after John Doe drank the entire bottle of Powerade, students began to laugh at him; another student informed him 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 further bullying throughout the 2018-19 school year and into summer break after the incident, stating he was called various 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.” It also alleges someone drove a car by John Doe’s home and threw a Gatorade bottle into his yard while yelling insults.
Richard Doe transferred his son to a private school before the 2019-20 school year began.
AL.com reported its efforts to reach Webb, Brooks and the other unnamed student have been unsuccessful, and that it is unknown whether Webb is currently represented by an attorney. AL.com did receive 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,” Georgia told AL.com in an email response.