Family of backward New Mexico lineman sues above coach, school
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RIO RANCHO, N.M. (AP) — Above New Mexico drillmaster Bob Davie abandoned a player’s appeal for admonition in his action adjoin abasement and instead fabricated the lineman comedy a bold afore he took his own life, according to a accusation filed Tuesday.
The accusation filed in federal cloister alleges the University of New Mexico, Davie and the NCAA didn’t assure 21-year-old Nahje Flowers, who died from a self-inflicted gunshot anguish in November.
Court abstracts said the arresting standout had approved counseling to action abasement but Davie overruled a therapist’s advocacy that Flowers booty some time off. He died canicule after, the accusation said.
“The university’s football affairs agitated added weight than the bloom and abundance of the student-athlete,” advocate Bob Hilliard said. “He assuredly begin no way out than to booty his own life.”
Michael Kennedy, a advocate for Davie, said his applicant hadn’t apparent the lawsuit.
“But any advancement that he overruled medical admonition accustomed to Mr. Flowers is actually false,” Kennedy said. “Mr. Davie will acknowledge added afterwards he has had an befalling to apprehend the complaint.”
University of New Mexico backer Cinnamon Blair said the academy doesn’t animadversion anon on awaiting or alive litigation.
“The brainy and concrete abundance of our acceptance is of the greatest accent to the University of New Mexico, and the accident of a apprentice is adverse and affects the absolute Lobo association deeply,” Blair said. “Nahje fabricated abundant contributions to UNM as a apprentice and an athlete, and our thoughts abide to be with his family.”
NCAA backer Emily James beneath to comment.
Hilliard said an dissection afterwards begin that Flowers suffered from CTE — the academician abrasion associated with again assault to the arch that can advance to depression, dementia and aberrant behavior.
When ancestors approved answers afterwards Flowers’ death, his father, La’Vonte, said Davie was “very disrespectful.” La’Vonte Flowers said his added son was affronted at Davie’s behavior, and the drillmaster had to be afar from him.
“He said, ‘What do you appetite from me? … Do I charge to get a advocate or something?’” Vickie Gilmore, Flowers’ mother, said. “He absolved up on me and my added son absolved on him.”
Gilmore said Davie again stepped abroad while laughing.
The accusation seeks an bearding bulk in amercement and acknowledged fees.
Also apery the ancestors is civilian rights advocate Ben Crump, who is alive for the families of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Jacob Blake — three Black bodies who were dead or actively afflicted by badge officers, arch to protests about the country.
Flowers was from Los Angeles, area he played football at Dorsey High School. He came to New Mexico in 2016.
Flowers had 13 tackles and 1 1/2 sack in 2019.
Davie stepped bottomward in November afterward a bouldered administration and a 35-63 almanac over eight seasons. He ahead accomplished at Notre Dame from 1997-2001. Davie was abeyant for 30 canicule in 2018 because of declared concrete corruption of players.
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