Maryland governor signs Jordan McNair Safe and Fair Play Act
Maryland Governor Larry Hogan has signed the Jordan McNair Safe and Fair Play Act into law. The new legislation, which was signed on Tuesday, will allow student-athletes to benefit from their names, images and likeness and will also greater safety measures for collegiate athletes.
The legislation was signed into law to prevent the failures that resulted in the death of 19-year-old Maryland offensive lineman Jordan McNair in 2018. He passed away during a summer workout after suffering from exertional heat stroke.
Jordan McNair’s father, Marty McNair, spoke on the new legislation.
“This is a victorious day for Tonya and I, as Jordan’s legacy continues to save lives as well as empower student-athletes’ health and well-being at the higher-level educational institutions in the state of Maryland,” Marty McNair said, according to ESPN. “I sincerely hope other states will follow suit to protect all of their student-athletes at the collegiate level of competition.”