Notre Dame head coach Charlie Weis responds to yesterday's verdict:
"I am very disappointed with the results of yesterday¹s verdict, but there will be no appeal as it is time to move on. Our family decided to retry this case based on principle, not money. After the mistrial, it would have been easy to simply let the malpractice lawsuit fade away. We decided that for all people who are frowned upon by prejudice or bias, we had to take this case to closure. Had the outcome been favorable, we made plans to donate the entire award to 'Hannah and Friends,' our charity for people with special needs. We see prejudice every day through our daughter Hannah."
"I hope the trial raises awareness for those with major physical problems. In my case, obesity nearly led to death. Corrective major surgery always has risks, but a patient should never be viewed as the bad guy when problems occur that could be prevented. Never let doctors blame you for having elective surgery as they get paid handsomely and have the right to refuse.
It is their job to fix problems!"
"As this trial reached week two, the jurors grew tired and bored. I realized victory was a long shot, but was still surprised with the verdict. I am proud to be the Head Football Coach at Notre Dame and this was certainly used against me in the trial. The trial cost our family some vacation time. The verdict cost people with special needs some money. In the end, awareness of those with physical problems such as obesity is the only important thing. Our family lives by the motto, 'Awareness and Compassion' when dealing with people with special needs. That is exactly the reason we brought this case to the courtroom. It didn't help us, but maybe it will help the next guy. Our family has closure and will make no further comments."