​Brad Culpepper: Insurance Company Claims Culpepper Committed Fraud By Faking Injury

Author: Rob AdamsBy:
Staff Reporter
Jan, 30, 2015 | 12:49 PM

Brad Culpepper may be known by older fans as a hero, but now he’s battling fraud allegations. The one-time Florida defensive tackle was a 10th round draft pick of the Vikings in 1992 who went on to play nine years in the NFL, mostly with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, according to News Max. Culpepper has been busy lately doing battle with an insurance company that is claiming he committed fraud against them.

Brad Culpepper won a $175,000 workers comp claim for permanent disabilities caused by injuries suffered while playing the NFL, but that was several years ago. Today, the insurance company found it interesting that, after taking the money, Culpepper popped up on the show Survivor looking anything but disabled.

According to a civil lawsuit, the former Minnesota Vikings and Tampa Bay Buccaneers player told doctors he suffered from low back pain and stiffness “which is almost always present,” and said he had “quite a bit of difficulty getting into or out of the bath” as well as doing any activities around his home.

Yet, on the Survivor episode, aired in 2013 and filmed on a remote island in the Philippines, the 46-year-old leads his team through a series of strenuous tasks: paddling a canoe, diving under water repeatedly, retrieving large crates and stacking them on the shore.

In an interview with ABC, Brad Culpepper claims he had a back procedure shortly before appearing on Survivor and was on pain medication during filming. The insurance company says Culpepper “willfully and deceptively provided false information” to doctors in order to claim his cash, according to Examiner.

In a recent interview, Culpepper shows off the old football injuries he claims have led to permanent pain and disability.

“Just because I chose to do things that are contra [sic] to my body, doesn’t mean I’m not in pain, and doesn’t mean I’m not impaired,” he said. “I’ve worked too hard in my life to have this as a headline,” he Culpepper added.

Culpepper’s frustration reached boiling point during a TV interview with ABC’s Brian Ross, which will be aired on Thursday night. He ripped off his shirt and showed a torn bicep and a shoulder injury to to the camera, asking: “Is that normal?”

Brad Culpepper played nine seasons in the NFL after graduating from the University of Florida. He was picked in the 10th round in the 1992 and would become a regular starter for the Vikings, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Chicago Bears. Following his retirement he became an injury lawyer in Tampa Bay, Florida, and has slammed the case against him as “ludicrous.”

Despite the controversy, he says he has no regrets competing in the show. He was voted off after 14 days and finished 15th. His wife was the show’s runner-up.

The lawsuit against Brad Culpepper was filed in Orange County, California, in July, notes The Inquisitr. Fairmont contended he was feigning injury while taking part in highly-publicized athletic competitions.

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