University Of Maryland’s Investigating The Death Of Jordan McNair

    University of Maryland offensive lineman Jordan McNair, 19, was hospitalized for two weeks in May following an organized team workout. According to a GoFundMe set up for the family, McNair originally from Randallstown, Maryland received a liver transplant at the hospital and was fighting for his life in the days following his collapse and leading up to his death on Wednesday.

    Maryland Terrapins on Twitter

    Today the Maryland family mourns the passing of Jordan McNair. Letter from Executive Athletic Director: https://t.co/UwbF7m8psS

    People have been expressing their condolences all over Twitter and with this latest tragedy, more and more people are blaming the game of football for this unfortunate incident.  

    Dennis Dodd on Twitter

    If Jordan McNair’s death is tied to Maryland workout, his would be the 30th conditioning-related college football death since 2000. Last P5 player to die as a result of workout believed to be Cal’s Ted Agu in 2014.

    Back in 2009, the widow of Minnesota Vikings lineman Korey Stringer, son of iconic Rutgers hoops coach Vivian Stringer,  reached a settlement with the N.F.L.regarding his death from heatstroke during training camp in 2001.

    Under an agreement with Kelci Stringer, the N.F.L. agreed to support her efforts to create a heat illness prevention program. McNairs situation is another black eye for a sport that has been under attack over the past decade as new medical information concerning the dangers of head injuries continue to surface. 

    Maryland’s athletic department is now conducting an external review into the death of McNair, executive athletic director Damon Evans said Thursday in a brief but emotional news conference that also included coach DJ Durkin. 

    Big Ten Network on Twitter

    My heart is broken, for the reason that we’re all sitting here having this press conference.” – DJ Durkin on Jordan McNair’s death https://t.co/Ctskwqf6OE

    The devastated Maryland football community as a whole is stunned and the team offered these words earlier in the week.

    Jason Dumas on Twitter

    Really sad to hear about the passing of Maryland Football OL, Jordan McNair. Kid had a bright future and was loved by his teammates. Just another reminder that life is precious and to never take it for granted. RIP.

    According to Evans, all eligible Terps gathered for a scheduled, supervised workout around 4:15 p.m. on May 29 at the team practice fields. The workouts were supervised by the strength and conditioning staff, Evans said, and certified trainers were there the whole time.

    Evans said that it was about 80 degrees out when the workouts began and that the players were told to run 10 110-yard sprints. Evans said 6-foot-4, 325-pound McNair completed the entire workout. When he was done, Evans said, the trainers noticed that McNair was having some trouble recovering and began “providing necessary care.

    The University of Maryland would not reveal why he fell ill or what caused his death during a news conference Thursday afternoon. It’s still a mystery. 

    Evans said “out of respect and confidentiality,” the school can’t discuss how McNair died. Evans added that an outside investigation would be conducted. 

     Stay tuned for more details on Jordan McNairs tragic death.

    JR Gamble joined The Shadow League in 2012. The General Manager of Content & Social Media is in his 25th year of covering sports and culture professionally. He has covered a wide variety of major sports and entertainment topics across different mediums, including radio, newspapers, magazines and national TV. His passion is baseball, the culturing of baseball and preserving and documenting the historically-impactful accomplishments and contributions of African-Americans in baseball.