In June, Maryland offensive lineman Jordan McNair passed away. After showing signs of heatstroke following a May workout, McNair couldn’t recover. Now Maryland has placed head coach DJ Durkin on administrative leave with pay. But that’s not nearly enough for McNair’s attorney. He wants Durkin out of a job.
“No. 1, what he did,” attorney Billy Murphy said to ESPN’s Heather Dinich. “No. 2, what he didn’t do, and No. 3, the impact on this football program.”
Right now, Murphy says they’re “leaning” toward filing a civil suit. However, they would prefer to wait until the investigation concludes.
“There are a variety of ways to cast a lawsuit,” Murphy continues. “We’re going to go for the most effective way. It’s too early to make a definitive statement about it, but we’re leaning in the direction of federal court.”
In the year 2018 especially, these deaths are 100 percent preventable. But coaches love to push their players to the limit and beyond. Football seems to be the most glaring example of this, even with more and more player safety measures coming into the NFL these days. Not to mention, players try to play through as much as they possibly can. They know if they go out, their spot is in jeopardy. There are so many variables at play here.
But the biggest one is this: coaches need to be more responsible with their players. In this case, Durkin has to be more responsible. This falls on the staff as a whole, but at the end of the day it’s Durkin’s responsibility above all else.
“Had this coaching staff done even minimal heatstroke training, they would have seen immediately that that’s what was going on,” Murphy adds. “They would have iced him and called the ambulance immediately, but there was this unexplainable one-hour delay from the time that he had a seizure and the time the ambulance actually came. That’s really concerning.”
Now Jordan McNair is dead because of it.