Pittsburgh Pirates minor league pitcher Jason Boyd, an Edwardsville native, faces yet another legal problem in Madison County.

Madison County resident Derek Steinmeyer filed suit Nov. 4 against Boyd alleging the 31-yeaer-old ball player struck him in the face, head and body while playing a basketball game at Woodland Elementary School in Edwardsville a year ago today.

Steinmeyer is seeking damages in excess of $50,000 and costs, plus whatever remedy the court deems appropriate. He is represented by Gregory Tobin of East Alton.

Steinmeyer claims that as a result of the injuries Boyd inflicted, he is disabled and disfigured and suffers great pain and mental anguish.

According to the complaint, Steinmeyer claims that his future earning capacity has been seriously diminished. He has lost and will lose future earnings he otherwise would have earned if he was not injured, and he will need future medical attention.

After the incident, Boyd was charged with criminal misdemeanor by Edwardsville Police, but charges were subsequently dropped.

Boyd is no stranger to the judicial system. In February, Circuit Judge Charles Romani sentenced Boyd to one year court supervision and ordered Boyd to attend anger management counseling for hitting a man outside an Alton bar on Nov. 16, 2003.

Boyd, married with one child, is a 1992 graduate of Edwardsville High School where he set a state record for 29 straight victories.

The case has been assigned to Circuit Judge Phillip Kardis in Granite City.

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