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Wrongful Death Lawsuit Filed Against Ole Miss Over Football Player’s Death

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The family of a Mississippi football player who died duringthe first day of off-season workouts last year has filed a wrongful deathlawsuit against the school.

According to court documents, 20 year-old Bennie Abramcollapsed on February 19, 2010, the first day of formal training. He died at ahospital later that day. An autopsy revealed that Abram died from complicationsassociated with a sickle-cell trait, which is exacerbated by strenuous exercise.The University of Mississippi said its staff was aware of Abram’s healthproblems and maintains that all of its employees acted properly.

The NCAA made sickle-cell trait testing mandatory for allDivision I athletes last year.

The lawsuit claims that coaches, trainers, and athleticdepartment officials at Ole Miss violated guidelines regulating the intensity ofspring practices, particularly NCAA rules covering training for players withthe sickle-cell trait.

The lawsuit names the university, Coach Houston Nutt, andthe NCAA as defendants. Abram’s family filed the lawsuit in Hinds County CircuitCourt in Mississippi.

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