Parents of deceased Tenn. State player sue school
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The parents of a Tennessee State football player who died after collapsing during a practice last fall are suing the university for wrongful death.
Wayne Jones III, a 19-year-old walk-on freshman defensive back, died Nov. 7 at after collapsing at a team workout. In the suit filed on in Tennessee's Division of Claims, Wayne Jones Jr. and Sonya Johns say an "unreasonable period of time elapsed before anyone approached him or attempted to provide any help" after their son collapsed.
The complaint also says Jones told Tennessee State coach Rod Reed he wasn't feeling well before practice and asked to be excused, but "upon being challenged he dressed and started practice."
University spokesman Rick DelaHaya says the school "continues to mourn" Jones' death and is "reviewing the complaint."