Two stories related football deaths in the heat are in the news today:
In Louisville, a high school coach has pleaded not guilty to reckless homicide charges in the death of a 15 year old player last August. The Louisville Courier-Journal reported that “bystanders near the practice field reported that the coaches had denied the players water and had said they would run them until someone quit.”
Closer to home, the widow of Minnesota Viking Korey Stringer has reportedly settled a lawsuit against the National Football League. No terms of the settlement were announced other than the indication the league “will support her efforts to create a heat illness prevention program.”
Bob Collins has been with Minnesota Public Radio since 1992, emigrating to Minnesota from Massachusetts. He was senior editor of news in the ’90s, ran MPR’s political unit, created the MPR News regional website, invented the popular Select A Candidate, started the two most popular blogs in the history of MPR and every day laments that his Minnesota Fantasy Legislature project never caught on.