Friday, March 13, 2009

Missouri to pay $2 million


— The University of Missouri will pay $2 million to the family of a former reserve linebacker who collapsed on the field and then died during a 2005 preseason workout.

Boone County Circuit Judge Gary Oxenhandler approved the settlement in a brief hearing Thursday. The agreement ends a three-year lawsuit over the death of Aaron O’Neal, a 19-year-old redshirt freshman from suburban St. Louis who collapsed on the Memorial Stadium field during a voluntary workout in July 2005. He died less than two hours later.

Under the agreement, Lonnie O’Neal, the player’s father, will receive $1.3 million plus court costs. Deborah O’Neal, Lonnie O’Neal’s his estranged wife, will receive the remaining $700,000, plus legal fees.


sevenyearhawk 10 years, 10 months ago

This story is so tragic ...

Every time I hear about Aaron O'neal, I think about the heart problem that Kansas found with Kerry Meier and think:

that could've easily have been him!

So crazy and sad.

Relic 10 years, 10 months ago

Awful story, Mizzou is completely at fault and needs to hire better physicians. If someone's lips turn white, good chance they have bacterial problem or are in shock.

KUGreenMachine 10 years, 10 months ago

So what did Mizzou do that makes them at fault? I mean...I guess it must have been, but why wouldn't they add WHY Mizzou is at fault for a collapse at a "voluntary" work out???? It doesn't make sense. I don't even understand how I'm supposed to feel about this story? Did Mizzou do something wrong, or should I feel that the parents are crazy? Don't all of the athletes at major universities, and even smaller ones sign waivers??? I know I did in high school... Just wondering...I wish they'd give a clearer story than this small bit of reporting.

KUGreenMachine 10 years, 10 months ago

wait...just read the whole story on other news organizations....sounds to me like Mizzou is paying because they feel bad and the parents were angry. This pre-existing condition is something that maybe their family should have thought about before deciding to let their son play football at a div-I university. In no way was MU forcing this kid to play football. They were not paying him to play football. He must have signed a waiver relieving MU of any responsibility. It saddens me that this kid's parents cannot come to grips with what has happened and realize that if they would have taken the initiative to keep their son out of football, that maybe he would still be here. I understand this sounds bad, but the school itself should not have any responsibility. They say its nothing to do with them having fault, so why not open up the scholarship fund only and help somebody, and not just give out $2million in tax payer money to feed a greedy dad and "ESTRANGED" wife? Sounds to me based on what has been reported that the WHOLE story is not out there, and that the University knows something that the public does not...or that the dad has motives. Suing to get rich due to your son's death with no real reason other than to get money for yourself is extremely troubling. If you're going to bring a lawsuit against a company or institution it should be for some ethical reason...not just to get money for nothing. Sounds like the dad needs to get a job..oh wait, the taxpayers of Missouri are now funding him.

Relic 10 years, 10 months ago

The reason that they are at fault was how he was medically treated, at least by what the article said. The kid collapsed on the field. The trainers said it was heat exhaustion and sat him out. The kid was showing really bad neurological problem signs and they took him to the sports offices across the street instead of to the Student health center which is across the street also. I think he was there for a while and then his mouth turned white and he died before they got him to the health center. They couldn't have helped him but they shouldn't have automatically written it off as heat exhaustion and properly examined the kid or taken him to someone who could. I read the article a while back so I might be remembering some details wrong. For some reason, I think I remember them saying his temperature wasn't even very high even though they said it was heat exhaustion.

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