Brad Culpepper In Trouble After ‘Survivor’ Appearance, Sued For ‘Disability’ Fraud By Insurance Company
Brad Culpepper is being sued by Fairmont Premier, an insurance company that paid the former NFL player over $175,000 in workers’ compensation due to his numerous disabilities and injuries. Two years after receiving the hefty amount, Brad Culpepper, who is now a personal injury attorney, made a remarkable appearance on CBS’ Survivor, where he took part in some very physical activities. Mr Culpepper claimed that he was on medication while on the reality series, his insurers are not buying the explanation.
Brad Culpepper is not afraid to strip down to his underwear to win a reality series or a lawsuit. This week, Culpepper gave ABC the money shot they were looking for as he was being interviewed about the lawsuit filed against him by Fairmont Premier, a California-based insurance company.
In 2013, Brad Culpepper and his wife, Monica Culpepper, took part in CBS’ Survivor, which was filmed in the Philippines. Culpepper was eliminated after 14 days, while his wife finished second.
The former Minnesota Vikings and Tampa Bay Buccaneers player was one of the most fierce and fit contestants on the grueling reality competition and took part in numerous activities like lifting heavy crates, diving, canoeing and swimming.
While many were applauding the 46-year-old’s performances, the folks at Fairmont Premier, a California-based insurance company were not laughing.
In 2011, the company paid Brad Culpepper over $175,000 in workers’ compensation for his 89 percent disability rating. At the time, Culpepper told doctors that he suffered numerous injuries while he was playing in the NFL.
The ex-star lineman, explained that he needed help to accomplish some of the most simple tasks like getting in and out of the shower. Culpepper, who is now a wealthy personal injury lawyer living in Tampa, Florida, told his physician:
“I have low back pain and stiffness which is almost always present, I have quite a bit of difficulty… getting into or out of the bath and performing heavy activities around his home.”
Claiming that Culpepper is a fraud and a fake, in July of 2014, the insurers have sued the athlete demanding that he pay back the money and other damages. In court papers filed in Orange County, California, the company stated:
“Defendant Culpepper’s conduct was fraudulent, deceptive and designed to inflate the value of his claim and to take advantage of and abuse the California workers’ compensation system.”
Fairmont Premier also stated that while he was claiming to be disabled, he had taken up mixed martial arts and lied to his doctors. Appearing on ABC, Brad Culpepper said that he was able to take part in the reality series because he was on pain medication.
He said that he does not regret competing in the reality series and added:
“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. This whole lawsuit is ludicrous. I’ve worked too hard in my life to have this as a headline.”
During the interview, Culpepper got upset over the allegations and removed his clothes to show his numerous injuries.