A judge has discovered that the Athletic Association of University of Central Florida was negligent in the 2008 death of a football player and rewarded his parents $10 million.
It was reported that the choice came after around five hours of consideration Thursday night in the illegal death trial of Ereck Plancher.
In March 2008, Plancher collapsed and died following drills at the football complex of the school. Joshua Stephany, Orange County medical examiner and three experts appointed Plancher family attorneys confirmed he died from problems of sickle cell mannerism.
The judges discovered the athletic association was neglectful and stopped working to do the whole thing probable to keep the life of Plancher. It came in the sum of damages it considered must be rewarded to parents of Plancher, Enock and Gisele Plancher. The total was $5 million apiece.
The judge as well determined there was no “clear and convincing evidence” that athletic association of UCF was responsible of gross carelessness and determined it must not face disciplinary damages.
Steve Yerrid, Plancher’s family attorney, said, “If there’s one message that we have sent very loudly and clearly, the welfare of any student athlete is at the top of any football program. And that’s how to have a winning program.”
UCF spokesperson Grant Heston said the program goes on to bemoan the death of Plancher, yet the athletic association will petition the result.
Heston said, “We believe the appeals court will side with us. We feel that from pretrial rulings to ruling during the trial that there’s an ample of appeal opportunity and we strongly believe that this will be a quick process because it’s very clear that this was the wrong decision.”
The conclusion of the judge not to reward disciplinary damages “shows what we have in place works” and the school goes on to do the whole thing probable to defend its athletes, according to Heston.