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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Maryland admits football player who died did not receive proper care

DJ Durkin

The University of Maryland on Tuesday announced some preliminary findings from its investigation into the death of 19-year-old offensive lineman Jordan McNair, and the school is taking responsibility for mistakes that were made that led to the tragic outcome.

University of Maryland president Wallace Loh informed the media that he and other school officials spoke with McNair’s family and accepted “legal and moral responsibility” for McNair’s death.

In the wake of the findings of the investigation, Maryland football strength coach Rick Court has resigned. Head coach DJ Durkin’s status remains unchanged, though Loh insisted the investigation continues and will be a thorough and independent one.

An attorney for the McNair family who is investigating Jordan’s death says that medical records and a 911 call show that McNair had a seizure around 5:00 pm on May 29, about 45 minutes into a workout involving a set of 10 110-yard sprints. Despite the alleged seizure, a 911 call was not made until nearly an hour later. McNair was said to have had a temperature of 106 at the hospital.

ESPN placed McNair’s death under the umbrella of what they believe is a “toxic culture” at Maryland, and there are also allegations of Durkin mistreating his players. Loh says those are being taken very seriously.

Durkin has already had one of his former employers enthusiastically defend him, but he needs to be held accountable if his action — or inaction — was in any way responsible for a player’s death or putting other student-athletes in danger.

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