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Pennsylvania Court Rejects Appeal From Former Cal U Football Player Who Sued NCAA

By: KDKA-TV News Staff

WASHINGTON COUNTY (KDKA) -- A local man with ALS who lost his lawsuit against the NCAA has had his appeal rejected.

Matthew Onyshko is a former firefighter who played football at the California University of Pennsylvania. He says the NCAA did not do enough to protect athletes from concussions.

Onyshko says he developed ALS after suffering brain and spinal cord injuries while playing football at Cal U from 1999-2003.

RELATED STORY: First ALS-Related Lawsuit Against NCAA To Be Heard In Washington County

A Washington County jury found the NCAA was not negligent and thus not at fault for Onyshko's ALS. An appeals court did not have an issue with that ruling.

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