By Ray O’Hanlon
Mickey McGee is aiming to score a legal touchdown against the National Football League and the New York Jets after being stabbed and seriously injured following a Jets game last October at Giants Stadium in New Jersey.
McGee, who is 31 and from Emyvale, Co. Monaghan, suffered a serious lung injury and was twice hospitalized after the Oct. 19 incident, which took place immediately after a Jets/New England Patriots game.
Last week, McGee began proceedings in a $23 million lawsuit against the NFL and the Jets.
The lawsuit was filed in State Supreme Court in Manhattan by McGee’s attorneys, Terence Scheurer and Desmond Lyons.
Lawsuits amounting to $23 million each are also pending in New Jersey against the Woburn, Mass., youth who later pleaded guilty to stabbing McGee, the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority, which runs Giants Stadium, and vendors who sold beer to the then 320-pound teen who was 16 at the time of the assault.
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The New York suit charges that the NFL and the Jets are liable for the injuries McGee suffered when he was attacked by the teenager, Andrew Parziale.
Parziale is currently confined to the New Jersey Training Facility for Boys in Jamesburg. He was sentenced to 31 months at the facility but had already served seven months when he entered a guilty plea last April to two counts of aggravated assault and one count of possessing a weapon.
The lawsuits against all parties except Parziale center on the contention that it was known by the defendants that the vendors, employed by Aramark Inc. of Philadelphia, were knowingly serving beer to minors.
McGee, who lives in Tarrytown, N.Y., and runs the M&M Construction Company, says that he has suffered permanent lung damage as a result of the stabbing and still has breathing problems.
McGee is a Jets season ticket holder and a fan of both the New York Yankees and Rangers. However, he says that he has been unable to attend any games since the stabbing incident because of anxiety attacks.