The University of Maryland and the Maryland Attorney General’s Office are asking the State Public Works Board to approve payment of a $ 3.5 million settlement to the family of Jordan McNair, a football player from Maryland who died in 2018 after suffering heatstroke during team training.
The Public Works Council will consider the requested settlement at its January 27 meeting.
“It has been a long and painful fight, but we will try to find a closure even if it is an injury that will never fully heal,” Marty McNair and Tonya Wilson said in a joint statement released by their lawyer. and published on ESPN.com.
Lawyers representing McNair’s family filed a notice of prosecution in September 2018, nearly four months after the 19-year-old collapsed during a team training session on campus. He died 15 days later, after an emergency liver transplant.
An independent investigation later find that college athletic coaches had failed to recognize and properly treat McNair’s symptoms in time. Although heatstroke has a 100% survival rate when quickly treated by immersion in cold water, the external probe into McNair’s death has found the coaches did not use this treatment on him. He also revealed that coaches did not take McNair off the field until 34 minutes after his symptoms first appeared and did not call 911 until an hour later.
The two trainers who bore the brunt of failures were put on administrative leave in August and later dismissed.Two months after McNair’s death – and days after ESPN released a report describing a “toxic coaching culture” under the direction of then-football head coach DJ Durkin – tHen University President Wallace Loh said the school moral and legal responsibility accepted for McNair’s death at a press conference. On the same day, the school announced that an independent committee would investigate the broader culture of the football program.
In a 192-page report obtained and published by the Washington Post on 25 october, the the committee finally concluded that Durkin, Loh and athletic director Damon Evans all bore some responsibility for the abusive environment that proliferated throughout the program, although he said the culture was not “toxic”.