Report: Maryland reaches settlement with family of Jordan McNair
The University of Maryland has reached a settlement with the parents of Jordan McNair, according to a report.
McNair tragically collapsed during a football workout with the team back in 2018. He later passed away.
Per ESPN’s Heather Dinich, the settlement is for $3.5 million.
Hassan Murphy, the attorney for McNair’s family, issued a statement to ESPN on Friday.
“Marty and Tonya are relieved that this fight is over and are eager to put this behind them as they continue to mourn Jordan’s death,” Murphy said.. “They are committed to channeling their grief and loss into the work that remains to protect the lives of student-athletes around the world by educating them about the signs and risks of exertional heat stroke through the Jordan McNair Foundation. And we, as a firm, are committed to working with them and the Maryland Legislature to reform the tort laws of this state so that no family’s recovery is potentially limited by law to an amount that is less than what the responsible parties received on their way out the door.”
An independent investigation later found Maryland was responsible for his death.
Maryland’s coach at the time, D.J. Durkin, was fired later that offseason. According to the Associated Press, he was owed a $5.5 million buyout by the school upon his firing. He’s now an assistant coach for Ole Miss.
Since his passing, tributes have continued pour through in McNair’s honor, including these special cleats from former Maryland teammate Josh Woods.