Rice Issues Statement On Lawsuit Brought By Dale Lloyd Family
In a written statement issued this afternoon, Rice University said it will “defend itself vigorously” against a lawsuit filed by the family of freshman football player Dale Lloyd, who died following a team practice in 2006.
Saying it “regrets” Lloyd’s death, the university added all Rice employees “acted responsibly throughout the unfortunate incident.” It also blamed Lloyd’s death on a genetic blood disease.
The full statement issued by Rice University was as follows:
“The Rice University community was shocked and saddened by the untimely death of 19-year-old Dale Lloyd, a freshman student and football player, nearly two years ago. Dale became ill during a team workout at the football stadium in September 2006, was treated immediately by team personnel and Rice Emergency Medical Services and quickly transported by a Houston Fire Department ambulance to a hospital, where he died the following day as a result of rapidly degenerative conditions often associated with the genetic blood diseases.
“Although nothing can replace the family’s loss, Rice University has taken several steps to help Dale’s family and to honor Dale. Rice created an athletic scholarship in Dale’s honor, the team has maintained his locker as a memorial to him, and the family was the beneficiary of insurance policies maintained by the university.
“Rice regrets Dale’s death and the loss suffered by his family. Dale’s teammates, coaches, professors and other Rice friends share the Lloyd family’s sorrow. Nonetheless, university employees acted responsibly throughout the unfortunate incident, and Rice will defend itself vigorously against this litigation.”
The statement also said Rice would be represented by the law firm of Rusty Hardin & Associates in the litigation.