The University of Maryland and the family of late footballer Jordan McNair – who died in June 2018 of heatstroke suffered during team training – have reached an agreement on a settlement.
The agreed settlement, which The Washington Post says is to be approved by the Maryland Board of Public Works at its next meeting (Jan. 27) to be finalized, is $ 3.5 million.
McNair, 19, died two weeks after being hospitalized after suffering heatstroke during training in late May. An independent investigation found that the offensive lineman had not received immediate and appropriate treatment for a heat-related illness by medical and training staff in Maryland.
“Jordan did not receive proper medical care and mistakes were made by the athletic training staff,” Maryland athletic director Damon Evans said in August 2018.
Then-university president Wallace Loh said the school “accepts legal and moral responsibility for the mistakes our training staff made on that fateful training day on May 29”.
Reports of a toxic culture within the Maryland program emerged following McNair’s death, leading to a separate investigation. Coach DJ Durkin was put on administrative leave but was reinstated in October 2018 on the recommendation of the Maryland Board of Regents after the investigation found there was not a ‘toxic’ culture but a ‘where the problems worsened because too many players were afraid to speak out ”.
The backlash in the decision to retain Durkin was significant and Maryland sacked the coach the next day.
“It has been a long and painful struggle, but we will try to find a solution even if it is an injury that will never, never heal completely,” said Marty McNair and Tonya Wilson, Jordan’s parents, about the Friday night settlement in a press release. provided to ESPN by their lawyer.
“We strive to honor Jordan’s legacy so that his death is not in vain. This includes protecting student athletes at all levels of competition, raising awareness, educating and preventing all heat related illnesses, empowering student athletes, and introducing legislation to scale. national. that no parent should have to wait that long before closure when their child has been treated unfairly or unfairly. “