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Parents of late University of Maryland football player Jordan McNair file notice of possible lawsuit

Parents of late University of Maryland football player Jordan McNair file notice of possible lawsuit
Published On: Wed, Sep 12
Dec 27, 2014; Bronx, NY, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions quarterback Christian Hackenberg (14) walks off the field following the game against the Boston College Eagles in the 2014 Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium. Hackenberg was named the games Most Valuable Player. Penn State defeated Boston College 31-30 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Attorneys representing the family of lateA University of MarylandA football player Jordan McNair have sent a notice to state officials signaling that they might sue.

The largely procedural step a€” required by law a€” doesna€™t guarantee a lawsuit will be filed, but it keeps the familya€™s options open as lawyers with the Baltimore-based law firm Murphy, Falcon & Murphy continue to work through the case.

McNair collapsed during a May 29 preseason practice in College Park, and died of heatstroke about two weeks later. The former McDonogh School standout was 19 years old.

Athletic training staff did not take McNaira€™s temperature and did not use a cold-water immersion treatment, a technique that researchers say has a 100 percent success rate for those suffering heatstroke when done correctly. University president Wallace Loh has said the school takes a€œlegal and moral responsibility for mistakes the training staff madea€ on the day McNair was hospitalized.

In an Aug. 24 letter to the State Treasurera€™s office, attorney Nikoletta Mendrinos provided notice that the McNaira€™s parents could file a formal lawsuit arguing negligence, wrongful death and violations of civil rights, among other claims.

a€œUniversity of Maryland officials and employees caused Jordan McNair's heatstroke, failed to recognize Jordan McNair's symptoms of heatstroke, and failed to provide Jordan McNair with medical treatment, further exacerbating the severity of his heatstroke,a€ the letter reads.

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