The family of a University of Central Florida football player who died during team practice has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the school.
Accoridng to court documents, the parents of Ereck Plancher claim the UCF Athletics Association is responsible for their son’s death. They are attempting to prove that coaches pushed Plancher excessively at his final practice despite knowing that he had a sickle cell trait. A former UCF wide receiver testified Monday that Plancher gasped for breath, fell to his knees, and struggled before collapsing during his final workout.
Anthony Davis also testified that UCF coach George O’Leary ordered all water and trainers out of the indoor field house during the practice on March 18, 2008. Davis said the coach was yelling obscenities at Plancher as the player’s eyes rolled back into his head and he collapsed during an obstacle course drill.
Attorneys of the UCF Athletics Association claim Plancher died from a congenital heart defect, not as a result of the workout.
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