The University of Maryland, College Park and the state and the Attorney General’s Office have reached a $ 3.5 million agreement with the family of Jordan McNair, the 19-year-old who died in June 2018 after suffering a heat stroke after a break – a seasonal team training session.
The agreement awaits approval from the Maryland Public Works Council, which is due to meet on January 27 to discuss the issue. The approval will mark the final step in the two-year settlement process for McNair’s parents, Martin McNair and Tonya Wilson.
“Marty and Tonya are relieved that this battle is over and leave it behind as they continue to mourn Jordan̵
McNair collapsed during team training in May 2018 and was hospitalized with heat stroke. He died fifteen days later on June 13, 2018. A few months later, reports of a culture of intimidation and abuse emerged under the leadership of then-head coach DJ Durkin and his staff, NBC Sports reported. Darkin was later fired after the university faced pressure from his professors, students and lawmakers. A previous independent investigation into McNair’s death found that medical staff in Maryland had failed to properly identify and treat McNair’s symptoms that contributed to his death.
In August 2018, university officials apologized to the McNair family for the mistakes that led to the death of the young, promising footballer, who was named a 4-star rookie and ranked in the top 25 nationally for attacking commanders.
The McNair family launched the Jordan McNair Foundation shortly after his death in an attempt to raise awareness of heat-related illnesses in youth, high school and collegiate sports. Martin McNair recently spoke of using “legislation in the mission to raise awareness of heat-related illnesses and to keep our student-athletes safe.”
“And we, as a company, are determined to work with them and the Maryland legislature to reform the state’s tort laws so that the recovery of no family is limited by law to less than which the responsible party has received at his exit through the door, “Murphy said.
At least 30 college football players died of heat stroke between 2000 and 2018, according to the American Science and Health Council.