Maryland says employees were taken on vacation after the death of the football player

Maryland says employees were taken on vacation after the death of the football player


Published 9:05 pm ET August 10, 2018 | Updated 9:59 am ET Aug 10, 2018


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COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) – Members of the athletic staff at the University of Maryland have been placed on administrative retirement until the result of a June death review of footballer Jordan McNair.

The statement Friday night comes afterwards An ESPN story quoted by unidentified sources described a program led by head coach DJ Durkin and strength and conditioning coach Rick Court, who faced verbal abuse and humiliation of the players.

In a statement to ESPN, Maryland said that Durkin's and Court's alleged conduct was "disturbing and out of line with our approach to coaching and developing our student athlete's student".

The school said it had an obligation to "review and address such reports if they were brought to our attention."

The school is awaiting the outcome of the school's external review of procedures and protocols concerning the health and safety of athletes.

McNair was hospitalized on May 29 after an organized team training and died on June 13. McNair family lawyer Billy Murphy criticized how Maryland's athletic staff responded to McNair's illness and told ESPN that it was likely a lawsuit.

Maryland Athletics Director Damon Evans said it was about 80 degrees outside when the workouts began and the players were told to run 10 110-yard sprints.

Evans said that 6-foot-4, 325-pound McNair completed the entire workout but had breathing after he was done. After being taken to the Football Team House, paramedics were called.

After his death, the school started an external review.

The school's later statement states, "Until the final outcome of this review, the university has put athletics employees on leave of absence, and we will be able to talk in more detail when the review is complete. Our thoughts remain with Jordan McNair's family, friends and teammates. "

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