Former HS Coach Aquitted In Death Of Football Player

A former Kentucky high school football coach has been acquitted in the death of a player who collapsed at a practice where the team was put through a series of sprints on a hot summer day.

It was a rare criminal prosecution of a coach in a player's heat-related death.

Former coach David Jason Stinson was charged after 15-year-old Max Gilpin collapsed at an August 2008 practice as the team ran a series of sprints known as "gassers." He died three days later at a Louisville hospital of heat stroke, sepsis and multiple organ failure. His temperature reached at least 107 degrees.

Players said Stinson ordered the gassers as punishment for the lack of effort players showed at practice on a day where the temperature and heat index were both 94 degrees.

The jury reached a verdict after deliberating for less than two hours.


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  • by loumeg Location: louisville, ky on Sep 19, 2009 at 06:03 AM
    You must know the whole situation in order to pass judgement and offer praise the the jury for aquitting this coach. This wasn't a military training, it was a football practice for a 15 year old boy. It wasn't about the type of practice or the amount of sprints that killed him. This boy was denied water breaks and was not offered help when other players tried to after his collapse. Please don't pass this off as an innocent accident.
  • by Sgt Remington Location: Deployed on Sep 18, 2009 at 08:51 PM
    Go thru P.T. hot summer day at Fort Jackson,S.C. Go Army. We had to do more then sprints.
  • by Dr Who on Sep 18, 2009 at 02:47 PM
    Guess who was behind this? Lawyers & DA's. Things will happen.This was ridiculous that the DA even allowed this. Kudo's to the jury. Finally someone got some brains.I bet the lawyers will try for wrong death suit now.
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