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University of Maryland fires two trainers blamed in Jordan McNair’s death

November 7, 2018

The University of Maryland has fired athletic trainers Wes Robinson and Steve Nordwall, who had been suspended since August due to their involvement in the events leading to Jordan McNair’s death.

The Washington Times confirmed an initialreport that the two trainers were out, as a spokesperson said, “the trainers that were previously on administrative leave are no longer employed” by Maryland. An initial report said that Nordwall’s and Robinson’s contracts were terminated Tuesday.

Nordwall was the department’s director of athletic training, while Robinson was one of the football program’s trainers.

An investigation into McNair’s death led by a sports medicine consultant revealed that trainers did not immerse the 19-year-old player in cold water, a commonly known treatment for heatstroke, and that more than an hour had passed after McNair started exhibiting a need for help before anyone called 911.

An anonymous player told that investigation that Robinson told McNair to “drag his ass across the field” while the player suffered from heatstroke.

The University System of Maryland Board of Regents, along with recommending that the school retain coach DJ Durkin, also recommended they retain Robinson and Nordwall. Durkin was initially reinstated, but fired a day later.

Robinson and Nordwall were first suspended on Aug. 10, the same day former strength and conditioning coach Rick Court was also placed on leave. Court resigned and took a buyout that month, after his role in a reported culture of “fear and intimidation” was revealed in an ESPN article.

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