Former Penn State linebacker files lawsuit, seeks at least $1.5 million: Court records
Penn State defense coordinator Brent Pry talks with linebacker Nyeem Wartman-White during practice on the Lasch fields on Aug. 31, 2016. Penn State will host Kent State in the season opener on Saturday at Beaver Stadium.Joe Hermitt, PennLive
WILLIAMSPORT — Nyeem Wartman-White is seeking at least $1.5 million from an insurance company, claiming it reneged on a disability policy after a knee injury ended his Penn State career and cost him a shot at the NFL, according to court records obtained by PennLive.
The former Nittany Lion said in 2015 that he had changed his name to Nyeem Wartman-White. In the lawsuit, he is referred to as Nyeem Wartman.
According to the suit, Wartman said he purchased a loss of value and permanent total disability policy in 2016.
The policy ensured he would not suffer financially, if he was hurt during the 2016 season and was unable to play in the NFL, the suit states.
The policy benefits, according to the suit, are $500,000 for loss of value and $1 million for permanent disability.
In the suit, Wartman, 24, said the breach of contract was done maliciously, so he’s entitled to actual, compensatory and punitive damages that amount to at least the benefits of the policy.
Wartman said in the suit that after the 2015 season, he chose to forgo the NFL draft and return for the 2016 PSU season with the expectation he would be an early-round selection in 2017. He was not selected in April’s draft, which was held in his hometown of Philadelphia.
Wartman said in the suit he purchased a policy to ensure he would recover or mitigate any loss of income that might occur if he was injured through Aug. 1, 2017.
He was injured on Sept. 17, 2016 against Temple and said he filed notice of his injury on Nov. 18, 2016 and Feb. 14, 2017, the suit states. He said there has been no response or any attempt to contact him, according to the records.
Related court documents can be found below:
Wartman v. International Specialty Insurance Court Documents by PennLive on Scribd
Nyeem Wartman vs International Specialty Insurance, Inc. Document 2 by PennLive on Scribd
Nyeem Wartman Doc 3.pdf by PennLive on Scribd
Nyeem Wartman vs International Specialty Insurance, Inc. Document 4 by PennLive on Scribd