You don't have to be Perry Mason or even Sherlock Holmes to put this one together sports fans.
Last Friday ESPN ran a story that NU is trying to get back the contents of former football player Rashidi Wheeler's locker because when it was cleaned out there was a "round canister " and something that resembled a "pill bottle" taken away by members of Wheeler's family.
This is according to testimony from "Bill" Jarvis, NU's Equipment Manager, quoted in a story from the Associated Press [Northwestern seeks contents of Wheeler's locker] last Friday. So far there has not been a peep out of the Chicago press about the story.
So far, all the people of Chicago have heard is one story after another is how the evil Northwestern University and its evil coach Randy Walker and its evil Athletic Director Rick Taylor conspired to kill poor Rashidi Wheeler by subjecting his poor frail body to that overly brutal physical endurance test, a test that destroyed him both mentally and phsically, well, you get the picture - everyone connected with NU's athletic department must be professionally destroyed for what they did to this poor young athlete who was about to embark on a long professional athletic career, etc. etc.
But what seems to be emerging is a picture of a young man who was trying to enhance his athletic performance with a substance that he knew was not allowed under NCAA rules, hiding under the guise of a food supplement sold as "Ultimate Orange Punch." That Summer, during his Physical Examination, he admitted to his team physician that he was taking the substance. That team doctor probably recorded the information in his, Wheeler's medical record.
The team physician told him to tell his trainers that he was taking Ultimate Orange Punch prior to beginning the official part of the football season, but he did not.
When Wheeler suffered his unfortunate accidental death due to asthma [probably complicated by his lack of medication and use of ephedra, just like the other deaths due to the use of this NCAA banned substance], the NU doctor consulted with his attorney and then destroyed the medical record.
There is a reported verbal exchange between the doctor and the NU head trainer about Wheeler not informing the trainer about the use of the ephedra laced supplement prior to the endurance test.
In any case, if there is negligence, it is on the part of the NU medical staff for not reporting the use of a banned substance to the athletic office, but is the use of a banned substance during the off season illegal?
There's probably a case about the phones not working and the delay in treatment, but why didn't Rashidi reach for his inhaler? and why didn't his friends give it to him and force him to stop when they saw him in trouble?
But those who have been quick to blame the University for a coverup on the medical records have been awfully quiet about the contents of Rashidi Wheeler's locker?
Of course the contents of any bottles and cans can go down the toilet and nobody will call that a coverup...will they.?
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