Florida Supreme Court sides with UCF over 2008 football player death

Thursday May 28th, 2015

The Florida Supreme Court has ruled that the organization that facilitates UCF athletics isn't responsible for paying $10 million to the family of a football player who died during practice in 2008, according to the Associated Press. 

Ereck Plancher collapsed and died following conditioning drills during a practice in 2008, and his family subsequently sued the University of Central Florida Athletic Association, a private entity that operates the school's athletic program. A trial court ruled that the association had to pay the family $10 million, but an appellate court said the association had sovereign immunity and reduced the damage judgment to $200,000. 

The Florida Supreme Court voted 6-0 on Thursday to uphold the appellate court's ruling.

At the first trial, the Orange County medical examiner and three medical experts testified that Plancer died due to complications of sickle cell trait, according to the AP. 

- Stanley Kay


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