Both sides in lawsuit disgrace memory of dead 

From ESPN.com:

MINNEAPOLIS -- Korey Stringer's survivors owe the Minnesota Vikings and other defendants in the family's lawsuit more than $47,000, a judge has ruled.

Hennepin County District Judge Gary Larson ruled that plaintiffs Kelci Stringer, who is Stringer's widow, his estate, and his parents, James Stringer and Cathy Reed-Stringer, are responsible for $47,588.03 that the defendants spent on expert witnesses, depositions, medical records, court fees and other lawsuit-related expenses.

The judge filed the order this week. In April, Larson threw out most of the lawsuit's claims and dismissed the allegations of negligence against the Vikings and their employees.

Korey Stringer, a 27-year-old Pro Bowl offensive tackle, collapsed after practicing in high heat and humidity July 31, 2001, at the Vikings' training camp in Mankato. He died of heat stroke the next day. His survivors then sued the Vikings, team officials and some doctors and clinics.

Vikings attorney Jim O'Neal said Thursday that the team had indicated it would waive the costs if the plaintiffs would waive their appeal. But the plaintiffs refused and appealed Larson's April ruling to the state Court of Appeals.

"It's time for this to be over," O'Neal said.

He said the cost to the Vikings of defending against the lawsuit was more than the $47,000 covered by the order, but not all costs, such as attorney fees, are recoverable.

In July, Kelci Stringer filed a lawsuit in federal court in Ohio against the NFL and the maker of Korey Stringer's helmet and shoulder pads.


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