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Ex-Raider Langston Walker sues ritzy San Francisco club

Former Oakland Raider Langston Walker, seen here during the 2010 season, is suing a San Francisco club after suffering injuries during a wet-weather fall in March 2023.
Former Oakland Raider Langston Walker, seen here during the 2010 NFL season, is suing a San Francisco club after suffering injuries during a wet-weather fall in March 2023. | Source: Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

A former NFL player and Oakland Raider is suing a ritzy San Francisco members-only club after injuries he claims he sustained after a slip and fall on the premises last year.

In court documents filed on Tuesday and seen by The Standard, lawyers for Langston Walker said he was a member of the City Club of San Francisco when he walked into its lobby at 155 Sansome St. on March 9 last year to eat lunch there.

While walking to the elevators, Walker “stepped onto an area of wet marble flooring, causing him to slip, fall, and suffer serious personal injuries,” the lawsuit alleges. After he screamed in pain, City Club employees helped Walker to a chair until first responders arrived and took him to a hospital.

A coach discusses strategy with three football players on the sideline during a game. They're focused and wearing team gear.
Head coach Tom Cable of the Oakland Raiders talks with offensive lineman Langston Walker during a game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field on Dec. 6, 2009. | Source: George Gojkovich/Getty

The lawsuit adds that the club was negligent in not maintaining the lobby, which led to Walker’s injuries, including “rupturing his left quadriceps tendon and tearing his right rotator cuff, of which both required surgical intervention.” 

Joslyn Walker is jointly suing the club for the "loss of love, companionship, comfort, care, assistance, protection, affection, society, and moral support," the suit adds.

Steven A. Kronenberg for the Veen Firm, who represents the Walkers, told The Standard Wednesday his client continues to recover from the injuries.

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The City Club did not immediately respond to requests for comment on the lawsuit.

Walker, an Oakland native who played high school football at Bishop O’Dowd High School and college football at the University of California Berkeley, was drafted in 2002 and played nine seasons as an offensive tackle—seven for the Raiders and two for the Buffalo Bills.

Walker isn't the first former pro football player to file a lawsuit against San Francisco. Last year, a group of Marina District residents—including former 49ers legendary quarterback Joe Montana—filed a lawsuit against San Francisco, alleging their homes and nearby streets were flooded with sewage due to flawed city infrastructure.

Joel Umanzor can be reached at jumanzor@sfstandard.com
George Kelly can be reached at gkelly@sfstandard.com