Stringer Family Officially Files $100 Mil Lawsuit

As expected, the widow of Korey Stringer filed a $100 million lawsuit today and will seek damages and answers from the team.

Kelci Stringer is still unsure exactly why her husband died.

She is painfully aware of how he died, as one by one his organs shut down from dehydration and he died early on the morning of Aug. 1 from complications of heat stroke, but she still has not been satisfied with the team's explanation as to why he died and why his condition was allowed to worsen to the point of dying.

Because of that, she filed a $100 million lawsuit today to seek the answers she still wants and, from what VU has seen of the court documents, there will be some reaction coming from the Vikings.

Several defendants are named, including former coach Dennis Green and current coach Mike Tice. In fact, Tice is singled out in some of the accusations made in the lawsuit paperwork, claiming he called Stringer a "big baby" for not being able to keep up in the heat of Mankato and taunting him with a copy of a Minneapolis newspaper that showed him doubled over in pain from the opening day of practice. That ridicule, she and her attorneys claim, forced Stringer to pushed himself beyond his limitations and, combined with negligence on the part of the Vikings coaching and medical staff, led to his death.

It should be noted, however, that an independent OSHA investigation did not find any wrongdoing on the part of the Vikings that contributed to Stringer's death.

VU will follow up on this story with reaction from the Vikings.

* VU learned late Monday that the Vikings have agreed to a contract to hire Iowa State offensive coordinator Steve Loney as the team's new offensive line coach. The announcement is expected to be made Tuesday morning or early afternoon.
* VU has learned that a replacement for Cris Carter in the likely event he leaves could be former Viking Matthew Hatchette. Signed as a free agent by the Jets, he was a huge disappointment and will be released next month.
* Tony Dungy may not be out of work for long. After being fired by the Bucs Monday, he is already being looked at with interest by the Colts and Carolina -- both teams looking to bolster their defenses.

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