The family of former California Golden Bears defensive lineman Ted Agu has settled with the university for $4.75 million, according to a report from Kimberly Veklerov of The San Francisco Chronicle.
Agu, a former high school star from Bakersfield, collapsed during a winter conditioning run in February 2014 and died en route to a local hospital at just 21 years old. It was learned in April of that year that Agu suffered from a heart condition as a result of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, brought on by sickle-cell trait, and Agu’s family subsequently filed a wrongful death suite.
It wasn’t until this past January that it was learned that Cal admitted negligence in Agu’s death, having ignored signs that he was struggling in workouts shortly before he died. As a result, the settlement between Agu’s family and the university was reached.
“The University is glad to have reached a resolution with the Agu family, as it has been a difficult process for everyone involved,” a university spokesperson said.
But the Agu family wants more than just money, per the report. On top of the settlement, they want guaranteed changes in health and safety practices of the football program.
“We were never going to accept just money,” one of the family’s attorneys said. “The most unnatural act in the world is for a parent to bury their child.”
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