NCAA Lawsuit Settlement May Save Lives
by: Rod Rice, June 29, 2009 4:06:12 pm
Houstonian Dale Lloyd II was a freshman defensive back in September of 2006 when he collapsed following football practice. He was taken to a hospital where he died the next day. An autopsy revealed he had Sickle Cell Trait.
"And he died of a complication of that trait. In essence his, his kidneys and his lungs shut down."
Gene Egdorf is with the Lanier Law Firm and represented the Lloyd family. He says Dale's family had no idea their son had Sickle Cell Trait and Rice and other NCAA schools did not routinely test for it despite the fact that a number of high school and college athletes have died because of it.
"In fact, in the last decade of so, it has been the number one killer of NCAA college football players."
Egdorf says one of the goals of the Lloyd's lawsuit was to prevent this from happening again and that has happened with this settlement.
"We for the first time, despite years of pressure from various medical groups and so forth, we have finally out of this settlement gotten the NCAA to agree to recommend that these kid's get tested."
To make the testing mandatory the NCAA has to change its policy and Rice has agreed to lead that effort.
Egdorf says Sickle Cell Trait does not preclude one from athletics. He says there are professional athletes with the trait. Knowing one has it, he says, allows it to be managed properly.