CHIVAS USA: Former trainer sues Razov
September, 22, 2011
By Scott French | ESPNLosAngeles.com
Ante Razov, possibly the finest performer in Chivas USA's annals, has been sued by the club's former head trainer for what was described as a “vicious attack” that inflicted head injuries requiring surgery.Josh Beaumont, who was dismissed as trainer during preseason, filed suit in Los Angeles Superior Court against the former striker, Chivas USA and Major League Soccer for the alleged 2009 incident, which he says occurred in Home Depot Center's gym, which is adjacent to the Goats' and the Galaxy's locker rooms.
Beaumont says in the suit that Razov became verbally abusive after surgery on an ailing ankle was pushed back two days because of the club's annual golf tournament.
According to the lawsuit, Beaumont on Sept. 22, 2009, approached Razov in the gym “to confirm his ankle surgery scheduled for the next morning. ... Immediately, Razov became hostile and stated that it was Mr. Beaumont's fault his surgery was delayed.”
Beaumont says he walked away, then returned five minutes later to further discuss the surgery, and Razov -- a former UCLA All-American from Long Beach and Fontana who started his pro career with the Galaxy, “responded with extreme hostility.”
The suit claims “Razov again raised his voice and cursed at Mr. Beaumont, telling Mr. Beaumont that Mr. Beaumont was responsible for rescheduling the surgery. Mr. Beaumont turned around to walk away. As soon as Mr. Beaumont turned around, Razov got off the stationary bike he was riding and grabbed Mr. Beaumont from behind by his shirt collar."
The suit alleges Razov then hit Beaumont in the back of the head, followed by two blows to the face. It goes on to say Beaumont had to transported by paramedics to Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, where he was diagnosed with a concussion and broken orbital bones and had to undergo surgery to repair “displaced” teeth and insert metal plates in his face.
Beaumont claims he also is unable to participate in certain physical activities, faces additional dental work and surgery, that he lost his job with the club “as a direct result” of the attack, and that Razov “has a history of seemingly unprovoked physically violent outburst[s],” citing an alleged incident in which the forward shoved former U.S. national team and Chivas USA head coach Bob Bradley while they were with the Chicago Fire.
Razov's career was halted in 2009 because of the ankle injury -- although he has never announced his retirement and, at least initially, was working to make a comeback. He is MLS's No. 4 all-time scorer with 114 goals in 262 games, trailing only Jeff Cunningham (134), Jaime Moreno (133) and Galaxy captain Landon Donovan (115).
Razov grew up in Long Beach and moved with his family to Fontana in his mid-teens. He led Fontana High School to a CIF Southern Section just before high school, where he led Fontana High to the 1993 CIF Southern Section 3-A championship game and was the division's Player of the Year.