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Lawsuit planned against Cal over player's death

BERKELEY, Calif. — Attorneys representing the family of former California football player Ted Agu are planning to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the Regents of the University of California.

Agu died after an offseason training run Feb. 7. Los Angeles firm Panish, Shea & Boyle said in a news release Monday that Cal's training staff took too long to respond to Agu's symptoms of "extreme fatigue" during the run.

A news conference is scheduled for today at the Alameda County Courthouse in Oakland to announce the suit.

"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 law firm said in its release. "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."

The release mentioned sickling, which would indicate Agu had sickle cell trait.

Cal's athletic department said in a statement that it could not comment because officials haven't seen the lawsuit.

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Lawsuit planned against Cal over player's death 08/04/14 [Last modified: Monday, August 4, 2014 8:27pm]
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