Mother of deceased Ky. player upset over report

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - The mother of a Kentucky high school football player who died after collapsing at practice last year says a school system report doesn't provide any answers as to what happened to her son.

Michele Crockett said the Jefferson County Public School's report on 15-year-old Max Gilpin's death left her "furious, angry and hurt."

"They are taking no responsibility for what happened, and they only presented what made them look good," Crockett told The Courier-Journal. "We didn't get any answers today. All we got were more questions."

The school system's report, released Wednesday, concluded that David Jason Stinson, then-Pleasure Ridge Park head football coach, used improper motivation techniques, but didn't violate any rules or regulations in handling practice on Aug. 20, the day Gilpin collapsed. The sophomore offensive lineman died three days later.

Stinson has pleaded not guilty to reckless homicide, a rare case of a coach being criminally charged with an athlete's on-field death. His attorney declined to comment on the release of the report. A trial is scheduled in August.

The school district report released Wednesday also concluded, citing a doctor who reviewed hospital medical information for the school system, that Gilpin may have been ill the day before or the day of the practice and that illness may have contributed to his collapse and death.

Crockett said she was the person who gave the hospital Max's medical history, but she never listed any illness before practice.

"I would not have known what symptoms he was exhibiting prior to the practice because I wasn't with him. He was with his dad," Crockett said.

Crockett also told The Courier-Journal that the school district didn't notify her or Gilpin's father, Jeff Gilpin, in advance that the report would be released.

"We are Max's parents, they know how to get in touch with us," Crockett said. "They should have contacted us."
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