At the time of Korey Stringer's first signs of distress, he was handled by a medical intern, which may end up being the centerpiece of the Stringer family's wrongful death lawsuit against the Vikings.
In court documents filed Tuesday, the Stringer family submitted depositions that, when the first signs of problems came, Stringer was not examined by trainers Chuck Barta or Fred Zamberletti, but by a 22-year-old intern on the training staff.
However, the documents don't show the signs of a player in life-threatening distress. In the papers, Stringer is said to have ignored the first questions asked by the trainer and, when he went to the air-conditioned trailer that the team had at the team's training camp site, he was more angry that he wasn't able to finish practice.
He didn't seem in any danger, according to the documents, and was given water and cold compresses. It was only later that Stringer began to lapse in and out of consciousness and red flags came up. Even then, when Zamberletti was summoned, he didn't immediately think Stringer was suffering from heatstroke because he was sweating at the time -- heatstroke victims stop sweating because of dehydration.
The documents ended with a rather cryptic tone, as Zamberletti's deposition added that, hours later while at her dying husband's bedside, Kelci Stringer commented that Stringer shouldn't have lost so much weight. This could eventually be seen by a judge or jury as a sign that she knew his weight loss could have been a contributing factor to his death. Some have speculated that Stringer took weight loss drugs during the offseason, but it should be noted that no traces of weight loss drugs were found in his system at the time of his autopsy.
* Robert Smith broke down with emotion at a charity golf tournament for Stringer in Ohio. Smith, who bid $5,000 on an autographed print of boxing great Muhammad Ali and then donated the photo to the family of Stringer, said it had been his first realization that he would never see Stringer again and the emotion of the moment was pretty overwhelming.
* Former Viking John Randle continues to be paid $5 million a year, but the question is for what? After having offseason surgery, he has been told not to play or even practice in full gear until the start of the regular season, which means his conditioning level won't be anywhere near game shape when the Seahawks move to the NFC and begin play for real in the new-look NFC West.
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