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Family of deceased UMD football player planning lawsuit against university

Posted at 10:59 PM, Jul 19, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-13 21:42:46-04

The family of the deceased University of Maryland Football player is planning a lawsuit. 

Last month Jordan McNair died from a heatstroke after a supervised football practice. 

Read more: University of Maryland football player died of heat stroke suffered during practice, family says

The family's lawyer, Billy Murphy, says they want justice and are conducting their own investigation after talking to several witnesses. 

At a news conference on Thursday, Murphy openly blames the coaches of the team who he says created a "Macho" culture that puts performance ahead of safety. 

"Berated when they make mistakes, berated when they need to rest. Called all kinds of dirty names and whatnot. The tendency in a culture like that is to overlook legitimate symptoms that are causing a player not to be able to perform, and that’s what we believe happened here," said Murphy.

McNair's parents started a foundation in his name with a goal to reduce the number of heat-related illness in student-athletes. 

Click here for more information on the foundation.