Settlement reached in player's wrongful death case


OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — A settlement has been reached in a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family of a University of Mississippi football player.

Bennie and Erma Abram of Southaven sued Ole Miss in 2011 over the death of their son during a February 2010 football practice.

The couple alleged the university didn't follow workout guidelines for players with sickle-cell trait. They say 20-year-old Bennie Abram III was unaware he had the trait, which can deform red blood cells after strenuous exercise. The NCAA requires Division I schools to test players for it.

The family's attorney, Ed Egdorf, tells the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal ( ) that the legal action was more about getting answers than money. He says the family received $50,000 from Ole Miss and another $275,000 from an NCAA insurance policy.


Information from: Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal,

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