On Friday afternoon, a report from ESPN revealed the cause of death for Maryland football player Jordan McNair. The offensive lineman was hospitalized following a team workout.
He passed away days later, on June 13. ESPN reported McNair passed away due to heatstroke he suffered during the workout.
His tragic death stemmed from a workout on an 80-degree day, in which players ran 10 110-yard sprints. The report from ESPN shared the scary details surrounding McNair’s death, which called into question the Maryland training staff.
Following ESPN’s report, Maryland placed several staffers on leave. Here’s more from ESPN.
Athletic director Damon Evans informed the team on Saturday that head football athletic trainer Wes Robinson, director of athletic training Steve Nordwall, and Rick Court, Maryland’s assistant athletics director for sports performance, were placed on administrative leave, according to people at the meeting.
This news comes after players present at the workout told ESPN that McNair could not finish the workout on his own. The report alleges multiple trainers essentially dragged him across the finish, after he already began exhibiting signs of serious fatigue.
An attorney for the McNair family told ESPN that a lawsuit is very likely. Considering these troubling details, that is completely unsurprising.