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January 26th, 2009
03:49 PM ET

High school football coach charged in player's death

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/CRIME/01/26/football.coach.indicted/art.coach.arraigned.jpg caption="Coach Jason Stinson has been charged with reckless homicide in the heat-related death of a player."]

A popular Kentucky high school football coach is being arraigned Monday on a reckless homicide charge in the heat-exhaustion-related death of one of his players.

A grand jury indicted Pleasure Ridge Park football coach Jason Stinson on Thursday in the death of Max Gilpin, 15.

The player collapsed August 20 during a summer practice and died three days later.

"It's a sad day," Stinson told supporters gathered on his lawn to pray Saturday, CNN affiliate WHAS reported. "My heart is broken. Part of my life has been taken away. I no longer teach, and I no longer coach at the school that I love."

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  1. GF, Los Angeles

    I heard interviews from players this morning that water was not denied to them. Other schools had practice at the same time so I don't see any negligence in this case since it wasn't only this team that practiced when it was very hot out. What were the autopsy results? Nothing has been mentioned as to what he truly died of – an unknown heart condition?

    January 26, 2009 at 6:30 pm |
  2. Tammy, Berwick, LA

    Don't get me started. These kids play in this heat, and they trust the adults in charge to take care of them. Their parents trust the adults in charge to take care of them. A kid's body temp hitting 107 and being denied water on such a hot day isn't taking care of that child. I'm not even a coach, but I let my students drink water in class to hydrate for after school practices, especially during late spring and early fall. Our coaches request it, and it makes perfect sense for us to do it. If we didn't, the results could be like they had here. Hate to go against the football gods, but maybe this case will teach some of these coaches and schools a lesson they sorely need. Not holding my breath, though. Just glad the parents and their attorney had sense enough to hold this guy accountable whether he "loves" his kids or not.

    January 26, 2009 at 5:56 pm |