Missouri settles lawsuit in football death - KMOV.com

Missouri settles lawsuit in football death

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) -- The University of Missouri has settled a wrongful-death lawsuit filed by the family of a former reserve linebacker who collapsed on the field during a 2005 preseason workout.

Boone County Circuit Court records filed this week refer to an undisclosed settlement. A lawyer for the mother of Aaron O'Neal said he could not discuss the details until the court approves the agreement. A hearing is set for later this month.

O'Neal was a redshirt freshman from St. Louis who collapsed on the Memorial Stadium field during a voluntary workout in July 2005. He died less than two hours later.

The lawsuit alleged that school employees failed to take medical precautions required by O'Neal's carrying of the sickle cell trait. The hereditary trait has been linked to heat stroke and exercise-induced collapse.

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