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District, coach sued over 2010 football outbreak

Aug 18, 2012 | 22 Comments

By Carl Dubois
Of the News-Register

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01:00 pm - Mon, August 20 2012
OldEditor said:
". . . there really isn't any villain . . ." but let's sue and try to get some money out of it anyway.
01:46 pm - Mon, August 20 2012
Don Dix said:
Agreed, O.E.

Until the money talks, the B.S.won't walk!
02:47 pm - Mon, August 20 2012
DM said:
Good job, dad. Way to teach your son a life lesson. When things get tough, quit. If you get a boo boo, sue.
10:31 am - Tue, August 21 2012
angie97128 said:
Why Marion County any why almost 2 years later?? I like OE's comment. I am sure there alot of people not surprised though.
08:02 pm - Tue, August 21 2012
seeker59 said:
WOW, parents every year sign their kids up and pay extra fees knowing full well not that they might but that they will sustain some kind of injury by joining a sport.I believe that when a parent signs the check and permission slip they become culpable for 100% of any injuries directly related to that sport,sports are not a requirement for a high school diploma.
05:48 am - Wed, August 22 2012
Michael Tubbs Sr said:
"....when a parent signs the check and permission slip they become culpable for 100% of injuries directly related to that sport."

I don't believe that to be true. I do agree with the rest of your comment, though.
07:20 am - Wed, August 22 2012
Michael Tubbs Sr said:
"Way to teach your son a life lesson. When things get tough, quit."

So, anything goes when it comes to training?
08:39 am - Wed, August 22 2012
DM said:
Obviously not anything goes, however I find it interesting the other two players who had the procedure were back in pads and on the team in a few days while the kid who quits files a lawsuit.
09:42 am - Wed, August 22 2012
Michael Tubbs Sr said:
It's the father that's filing the lawsuit, not the kid.
09:49 am - Wed, August 22 2012
Michael Tubbs Sr said:
Because the kid chose to quit the sport is irrelevant to the case.
02:51 pm - Wed, August 22 2012
DM said:
"Former McMinnville High football player Brent Cordie and his father filed suit Wednesday against then-coach Jeff Kearin and the McMinnville School District in connection with an August 2010 football camp marred by an outbreak of medical problems."

The kid is also now 19, so I'm sure he's deeply involved in the lawsuit.

Quitting is also relevant to the case as he's the only one who quit the team and the only one to sue.

03:58 pm - Wed, August 22 2012
Michael Tubbs Sr said:
Thank you for bringing me up to speed on his age, I was wrong and shouldn't have chimed in without having known that particular, DM.
10:06 pm - Wed, August 22 2012
Mack said:
Disgusting. Why do people do this crap? You really think it's the coaches and school districts fault that your child muscles couldn't handle a hard workout? That's his fault, not the schools or the coaches.
I think the school district ought to dig in their heels and take it to trial. Put me on the jury and this guy won't get a nickle. All he will get is a big attorneys bill.
05:53 am - Thu, August 23 2012
Michael Tubbs Sr said:
"Why do people do this crap?"

You might as well be asking why do some people pee in swimming pools, and others don't?
11:02 am - Thu, August 23 2012
Manup said:
Well, if it was one child, there probably wouldn't be much ground to stand on Mack, but there were several, and therein lies the issue.

The athletes were in a decent condition- have you ever watched a regular practice of football or wrestling? My goodness, those kids are strong. There were several factors that went in to this particular case, my only question is the why?

Why take so long to address the issue? If the concern was for the children, shouldn't this have been addressed 2 years ago?
11:14 am - Thu, August 23 2012
Manup said:
seeker59- a parent signs a release, a physical is done on the child to insure that the childish able to play and the parent is required to have insurance on that child.

But culpability? As a parent, I would assume that in a sport like high school football, my child would get scrapes, bruises, and muscles aches. I would guess their appetite is going to increase, eating about the same as a large village, and I would guess that they could potentially suffer a broken arm, sprained ankle or such due to the impact. I would not, in my wildest dreams ever think that 22 of my child's teammates would wind up in the hospital with mild to severe issues, three of which required surgery.

I believe that due to the children being drug free, that the only explanation is that something went tragically wrong during the workout. Not enough water, too hot, too much exertion coming off of summer break, whatever the cause, something went wrong.

The question is about intent. Did the coach intend for his students to get hurt? No. Did he have to expierience and knowledge to keep them safe? I believe he did. Did he utilize that expierience and knowledge during that camp...? I wasn't there.

Does he deserve to be sued two years after the fact? Why wait? That's all I want to know.
09:42 am - Fri, August 24 2012
Kona said:
There was a problem with the type of activities that caused this. Too much, too soon in very difficult (heat) conditions. When dealing with a group of this size there are going to be some who don't measure up and are pushed beyond their safe capabilities. More care needs to be taken with this group. I have experienced it in athletics, as well as the military.

Will the suit be successful? I believe that there will be money changing hands and the student will get a payoff from the insurance company representing the school district. I would hope that he spends the money wisely. It should be interesting to follow.
10:39 am - Mon, August 27 2012
Kona said:
But, do I think a lawsuit is warranted? The answer is "No".
03:58 pm - Mon, August 27 2012
Zen said:
sorry, i do think a lawsuit is warranted just by the number of players affected - are they asking for too much? yes. they should be limited to actual medical bills - and maybe just those not covered by insurance - like copayments, etc.

coaches need to be professional and knowledgeable about the training and their expectations, they had the kids doing too much, too soon, in bad conditions, whatever - it wasn't just one kid, it was lots, some worse than others but many - that tells me they must have been doing something wrong, and in this country, unfortunately, if you do something wrong, you usually have to pay - i feel bad for the district, and i'm sure the coaches didn't do it on purpose, but something went wrong that day, and since they are the paid professionals responsible for the training but also welfare of the team, well........
10:16 am - Thu, August 30 2012
Manup said:
Curious, I used to often watch my brother during his football/wrestling practices. I was there mostly out of boredom, but I also made sure he took care of himself and after practice he rehydrated, ate, and rested.
This being a camp, I am guessing no parents stuck around to watch?
11:47 am - Thu, August 30 2012
Dear Crabby said:
E pluribus unum, como?

When I was a 5th grader a new kid joined our class mid-year. He and his family had just made the move from Argentina, No other kids in our class spoke Spanish and he'd known no English at the time he'd been introduced to us. His name was Romero, and by the time we'd been let out for summer break, we'd all learned a little Spanish, and he a lot of English. He took the time to teach me how to swim that summer.
11:51 am - Thu, August 30 2012
Dear Crabby said:
....oops, posted the above comment on the wrong thread.....

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