Cumberland Times-News

February 20, 2014

Judge to hear arguments in FSU football player death suit


Associated Press

— WASHINGTON (AP) — A judge will soon hear arguments on whether to dismiss a lawsuit stemming from the 2011 head-injury death of a Frostburg State University football player.

Derek Sheely’s family accused coaches at the Maryland school of running high-speed drills that caused players to suffer repeated blows to the head. The lawsuit said Sheely returned to the field despite bleeding from his forehead and was never checked for a concussion or to see if his helmet was properly fitted. Helmet-making company, Kranos Corp., is also seeking dismissal. 

But lawyers for the coaches say the injuries that led to Sheely’s death weren’t foreseeable. They say the coaches had no knowledge that Sheely was bleeding or had suffered a concussion.

A judge in Montgomery County is expected to hear arguments Friday.