Coach On Trial For Football Player's Death

Do you think he should be found guilty?

In Eastern Carolina, we know the heartache of losing a young athlete on the football field.  The death of Jaquan Waller from the J.H. Rose High School team in Greenville in 2008 still stings.  His death was not related to the heat, but from suffering two head injuries in a matter of days. 

A month before Waller's death in North Carolina, a football player died in the August heat in Kentucky.  Now his coach is on trial. Former Pleasure Ridge Park High School coach David Jason Stinson is tried on reckless homicide and wanton endangerment charges connected to the death of 15-year-old Max Gilpin, who collapsed at practice while running in 94-degree heat in August 2008 and later died.

In opening statements, prosecutors said Stinson ran a brutal practice the day Gilpin collapsed, denying players water and using tactics that led to the sophomore lineman's death three days later. Stinson's defense said the practice wasn't unusually hard.


Do you think the coach should be prosecuted and held responsible for the player's death?  Is there anyone else who should be?

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  • by Ron Location: NC on Sep 9, 2009 at 02:33 PM
    I think we need to wait until we know more facts...BEFORE...we convict him.
  • by Whoa Location: Greenville on Sep 8, 2009 at 02:45 PM
    There are certain procedures that must be done when the temperature is up that high. Humidity must also be measured and based on the two decisions about what is able to be practiced should be made. It would be interesting to know whether or not these procedures were followed. From the sounds of it, they were not.

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