The family of Ted Agu intends to file a wrongful death suit against the Regents of the University of California in connection with the former Cal football player’s death on Feb. 7 following an offseason training run, lawyers announced Monday.
The family and its attorneys have scheduled a news conference for Tuesday morning in Oakland to announce their legal plans.
According to a news release from the Los Angeles-based law firm Panish, Shea and Boyle, lawyers will argue that Agu demonstrated symptoms during the morning team run that went unnoticed by Cal’s training staff.
One media report following Agu’s death said the 21-year-old previously had tested positive for the sickle cell trait.
“During the course of the conditioning drill, Agu experienced dizziness, shortness of breath, loss of balance, and other signs of extreme fatigue that were clearly symptomatic of the sickling process,” the release said. “Despite the symptoms which clearly could and should have been observed, UCB coaches and trainers failed to immediately come to Agu’s assistance.
“It was only after Agu struggled and encountered obvious difficulties for a significant period of time that intervention occurred and he was placed on a cart and taken back towards the stadium where he collapsed for the last time.”