ROCKVILLE — A judge has ordered that NCAA President Mark Emmert be deposed in a lawsuit over the death of a Frostburg State University football player.
Montgomery County Circuit Court Judge David Boynton granted a motion last week by the family of Derek Sheely to require Emmert’s deposition.
A wrongful death lawsuit filed by Sheely’s family says he died in August 2011 after taking part in “gladiatorial” high-speed drills that caused players to suffer repeated blows to the head.
The complaint says Sheely returned to the field despite bleeding from his forehead during practice sessions and was never checked for a concussion or to see if his helmet was properly fitted.
Defense lawyers say the lawsuit fails to show coaches knew Sheely was bleeding or had suffered a concussion.