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Suit vs. Pats’ Bledsoe Settled

March 20, 1999

BOSTON (AP) _ The woman who sued New England Patriots quarterback Drew Bledsoe and lineman Max Lane over a dive from a nightclub stage has agreed to a settlement.

Scott R. Behman, a lawyer for the Paradise Rock Club, one of the defendants in the suit, confirmed that the settlement had been finalized Friday.

Tameeka Messier of Maynard sued the Paradise, the players and Portland, Ore.-based band Everclear, claiming she was seriously injured when Bledsoe and Lane dove off the stage into the crowd.

She accused all of the defendants with negligence in connection with the injuries she suffered, and also accused Bledsoe and Lane of recklessness.

Messier claimed that the band invited the two players on stage and that guitarist Art Alexakis encouraged Bledsoe and Lane to dive from the stage into the crowd at the Nov. 13 show. She said first Lane and then Bledsoe jumped from the stage and landed on her, sending her to the hospital for neck surgery.

Messier, who was 23 when the incident happened, underwent surgery to remove two damaged disks from her neck and take pieces of a hip bone to fuse her spinal column.

The Boston Globe had reported Friday that Messier had settled for $1.2 million.

Lane’s attorney, Steve Comen, and Behman both said that number was not accurate. However they would not say how much money the settlement involved.

The Globe, citing confidential sources, reported that insurance companies for the Paradise and Everclear would each pay $100,000. Bledsoe would contribute $400,000 and Lane would pay $600,000.

Bledsoe’s contract earns him $42 million over seven years while Lane earns $11 million over five years.

Bledsoe, who weighs 235 pounds, and Lane, who weighs 305 pounds, admitted they dove off the stage on Nov. 13, 1997, but said they did not cause Messier’s injuries.

Calls to Messier’s lawyer were not immediately returned Friday.

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