BERKELEY, Calif. (KGO) — The family of a UC Berkeley football player who died after a training drill is suing the university for wrongful death.
Twenty-one-year-old Ted Agu died Feb. 7 after having trouble finishing a training run.
The attorneys for Agu’s family says he did not have a medical condition and that the university knew he had sickle cell anemia. They filed a wrongful death lawsuit agents the Regents of the University of California.
The fifth year senior from Bakersfield played seven games last season. The attorneys for his family says the Cal training staff took too long to respond to Agu’s symptoms of extreme fatigue during the training run.
The attorneys filed a 14-page complaint filed against the university. The family has declined to speak to the media.
The Cal Athletics department issued a statement saying, “The members of our football family and our entire campus community remain deeply saddened with the loss of Ted Agu. We will continue to honor Ted in all we do. He will forever be a beloved member of our Golden Bear family. We have heard reports that a lawsuit may be filed this week against the University. Because we have not seen the lawsuit, we cannot speak to the specifics of this pending action and respectfully decline comment at this time.”
The Athletics department also said they have not seen the lawsuit, therefore they could not comment on the specifics at this time.