McNair, 19, died on June 13, weeks after taking part in an off-season conditioning session at Maryland’s turf outdoor practice field in late May.
“We are focused on honoring Jordan’s legacy so that his death was not in vain. This includes protecting student athletes of all levels of competition, increasing awareness, education, and prevention of all heat-related illnesses, empowering student athletes, and introducing legislation nationwide so that no parent should have to wait this long for closure where their child has been treated unfairly or unjustly,” the parents’ statement to ESPN added.
On May 29, 2018, McNair was taken from the field, where the air temperature was 81 degrees, at 5:22 p.m. That was 34 minutes after he said he was having cramps and was bending over at the waist, according to the report.
About 28 minutes after he was taken from the field, McNair’s mood dramatically worsened — a sign of heatstroke — and a trainer called the team doctor, who advised calling 911, the report said.
In August 2018, Athletic Director Damon Evans and then-university President Wallace D. Loh apologized to McNair’s family during a meeting in Baltimore. Loh had said he told the family the “university accepts legal and moral responsibility for the mistakes that our training staff made on that fateful workout day.”
“The university owes you an apology. You entrusted Jordan to our care, and he is never returning home,” he added.
“This is not at all a reflection of my opinion of Coach Durkin as a person. However, a departure is in the best interest of the university,” Loh had said.
Since McNair’s death, the university has added cooling stations, started testing players’ hydration at practice, increased the length of breaks, put more trainers and doctors at events. Staff have also received more training.