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Jordan McNair’s parents file notice of potential lawsuit

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Jordan McNair’s parents have taken a legal step towards suing the University of Maryland for their son’s death. The law firm representing Martin McNair and Tonya Wilson filed forms notifying the state of their intent to sue, ESPN reported Tuesday night.

The firm of Murphy, Falcon & Murphy filed a “notice of claims,” according to ESPN, giving the McNairs the right to sue within the next year. The filing claims damages of more than $30 million and names head coach DJ Durkin, former strength and conditioning coach Rick Court and head athletic trainer Wes Robinson as “other persons involved.”

The filing itself doesn’t guarantee a lawsuit, but Hassan Murphy, a managing partner at the firm, says a suit is still likely. The filing claims damages of “in excess of $10 million” for each parent and McNair’s estate, ESPN reported. It also cites the intent to bring claims of “for negligence, gross negligence, wrongful death, survival claims, violations of federal laws and civil rights violations, and any and all other tort claims that may be discovered.”

Murphy said they are still awaiting for the results of the Walters, Inc. investigation into McNair’s death, and don’t know when they’ll be in position to decide to sue. However, he added that given what they already know, the likelihood a suit isn’t filed is “slim.”

McNair died June 13 after suffering heatstroke during a May 29 workout and reportedly receiving improper treatment. While Court has since resigned, Durkin and Robinson remain suspended. University president Wallace Loh said the university took “legal and moral responsibility” for McNair’s death at an Aug. 14 press conference. The results of the investigation, since overtaken by the Board of Regents, are expected soon.

In other news

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