While often times more information on situations that tend to defy explanation come out after the fact, the toxicology report on the death of Korey Stringer, released by the Stringer family through his agent Thursday night, showed the original explanation of his death was accurate -- he died of heatstroke and multiple organ failure and had no pre-existing condition or substances in his system at the time of death.
While the autopsy lab results don't provide many of the answers people want, it does show that Stringer didn't have a condition that could have hastened such a tragedy -- such as an enlarged heart of deterioration of a vital organ.
The full chronology of the events leading up to his death have not been released and several news sources are seeking the Blue Earth County medical examiner to give up his 15 minutes of fame and release his report on the death, which to date he has said he doesn't have to do.
The toxicology results, taken from blood removed from Stringer before he underwent a purifying dialysis treatment, showed no traces of drugs in his system. Some critics claimed he had taken diuretics that could have contributed to his 30-pound weight loss in the off-season. It is a charge that was never proved or even insinuated until tabloid journalists jumped on the case with their usual flair and an allegation that got no verification from the toxicology results.
Questions will remain on the Stringer case and it is far from over as far as the family is concerned -- they know the how's related to his death, but still need to know the why's -- but the results essentially took away the possibility that Stringer could have been medically predisposed to dying.
* VU continued to follow up on its report Wednesday night that Dale Carter's appeal to return to the NFL has been denied by Commissioner Paul Tagliabue. When speaking with a league source Thursday, it was confirmed that Carter at some point once again violated the league's substance abuse policy. Once a player is on the abuse program, any drug offense, including those alcohol related or missing an appointment for a test, are viewed as another positive test result. This latest result could keep Carter out for the entire 2001 season and could well mark the end of his NFL career.
* Stringer's college teammate, Terry Glenn, was expected to arrive at the Patriots' training camp after Stringer's funeral, but remains a no-show and could be suspended for the entire season by the team. Glenn is currently fighting a four-game suspension by the league for missing a substance abuse policy test when he moved from Ohio to Texas and believes he has a solid case from phone records that show he attempted to contact his case agent. For those who saw Glenn at Stringer's funeral, barring a trade or change of heart by the team, it may be the last we see of him all season.
* VU was told the Vikings will have to go to arbitration next month with former G.M. Mike Lynn, a hated figure in Minnesota sports who many think monopolized power from Max Winter and lined his own pockets in the process. As part of his contract with the team, he still receives 10 percent of the revenue from team luxury boxes, which comes to an estimated $210,000 a year and rising as prices go up. He claims the team has claimed too much money in expenses to run the boxes and that his cut isn't enough.
* From the absurd to the unbelievable -- while a lot of fans wait until the regular season before they get excited about football, Vikings fans remain loyal even to preseason games. As of today, just 400 tickets remain for Thursday's game with Pittsburgh and only twice that many for the other home preseason game vs. Indianapolis. If only San Antonio could say the same.
Stringer Died The Way Originally Thought
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