Deceased player's family seeks $2M from FSU

Updated: March 7, 2006, 8:14 AM ET
Associated Press

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- The family of a Florida State linebacker who died during a team workout five years ago has asked state lawmakers to approve $1.8 million as compensation.

Devaughn Darling, 18, collapsed during a workout five years ago and died of an apparent "cardiac arrhythmia." He was working out with his twin brother, Devard, a receiver for the Seminoles, at the time he was stricken.

A judge approved a $2 million settlement last June between Florida State and Darling's family. The state paid the statutory limit of $200,000 to Darling's family, which must petition the Legislature for the rest.

The claims bill is also being supported by the university under terms of the agreement approved by a circuit judge. The parties agreed to mediation in November 2003.


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