LB Matthew Gee

A Los Angeles jury determined that the NCAA is not responsible for the death of former USC football player Matthew Gee, which was a significant victory for the association.

It has become a hot topic since the wrongful death lawsuit brought by Gee’s widow, which was the first of its sort after numerous other comparable lawsuits and charges against the NCAA. After all, the trial’s result would have a significant impact on any future similar charges brought against the institution.

The complaint claims that Gee’s numerous head injuries during his time playing football for USC, between 1988 and 1992, caused the degenerative brain conditions known as CTE. The lawsuit asserts that USC knew about the effects of brain injuries since the 1930s but did nothing to inform its players or assist in screening them for concussion symptoms. Gee’s widow demanded $55 million in restitution for her excruciating loss.

But in the end, the NCAA came out on top. The governing body of collegiate sports in the US claimed that Matthew Gee’s death, who had other health difficulties, had nothing to do with them. died at age 49 from a heart arrest. Contrary to the claims, the group also stated that they were unaware of CTE at the time since it was just really diagnosed in 2005.

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Will Stute, an NCAA attorney, said during the jury trial’s closing argument, “You can’t hold the NCAA accountable for something 40 years later that nobody reported.” “The plaintiffs desire that you travel in a time machine. The NCAA does not have one. It is unfair.

We will have to wait and see how this affects the NCAA’s other connected litigation. The original version of this article, titled “$55 million NCAA case over the wrongful death of USC football LB Matthew Gee draws a historic verdict.