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- Kyle Bonagura, ESPN Staff WriterNov 4, 2023, 03:14 PM ET Close Covers the Pac-12.
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State football player Ronnie Caldwell Jr. submitted a wrongful death suit late Friday, calling previous coach Brad Laird, the state of Louisiana through the board of managers of Northwestern State, and the apartment complex where Caldwell lived as defendants.The claim was filed in U.S. District Court Western District Louisiana. The claim includes counts of facilities liability and vicarious liability, according to the grievance evaluated by ESPN.Caldwell’s parents, Ronnie Caldwell Sr. and Blanche Bradley, revealed last week they planned to submit the suit in the
wake of their child’s death on Oct. 12. Their announcement came a day after the school announced it was canceling the remainder of the football season which Laird, who remained in his 6th year as the head coach, had resigned.” We are aware of the claim submitted by the household of Ronnie Caldwell,” Northwestern State said in a declaration.
“While we can not talk about the suit at this time, our ideas and prayers continue to be with Ronnie’s household following this dreadful tragedy.” In early October, mold was found in the off-campus apartment or condo Caldwell shared with a teammate, which led to him being relocated to a brand-new system in the exact same complex with a non-university student roomie, according to the grievance. On Oct. 9, after a series of verbal run-ins, the new roommate pulled a gun on Caldwell, the complaint said. Three days later on, Caldwell was shot and died.Editor’s Picks< img src ="https://a.espncdn.com/combiner/i?img=/photo/2016/0917/r126977_1296x1296_1-1.jpg&w=130&h=130&scale=crop&location=center"width=
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1 Related The roommate, John McIntosh, was apprehended that day for possession of a firearm in the existence of a controlled hazardous substance. No one has actually been charged with the killing.
“All I have to say is this could have been prevented,” Ronnie Caldwell Sr. stated during a press conference last week. “I called the coach. I texted him and asked him, ‘Please move my boy. Someone pulled a gun. I require you to move him. Get him away from there. Get him in a hotel until I can arrive. I’ll be there this weekend.’
“Next thing I know, the next phone call I obtain from this male is at 2:07 a.m. and my kid is deceased. Now, how do you feel being a guy like me? I call myself being protector. I have actually been safeguarding my whole family all their life and I get this call and all I asked him to do is to move my son. What’s so tough?”
Natchitoches police also apprehended Caldwell’s Northwestern State colleague, Maurice Campbell II, in connection to his death for blockage of justice, ownership of cannabis with the intent to disperse and possession of a gun in the existence of a controlled unsafe substance.The suit requests a jury trial and looks for monetary damages to make up for mental anguish, budgeting loss, loss of consortium and funeral service expenditures among other losses.Laird invested 6 seasons as an NSU assistant before becoming head coach in 2018.” Due to the loss of Ronnie and the emotional problem it has actually triggered me, I do not feel I can give my all to these players or this program,” Laird said in a statement recently.” Any coach will tell you that their players end up being like household, so the loss of Ronnie was like losing a son. I like this program and this university and I know it will persevere and progress with the competitive spirit that is at the core of our DNA.”The attorney representing Caldwell’s parents, Troy Pradia, took issue with Laird’s characterization of his relationship with Caldwell in a news conference recently.”If he resembled a boy, he would’ve secured him, “Pradia stated. “All his father wanted was his kid
to be moved to a much safer place.”The team’s assistant head coach and defensive planner, Weston Glaser, is currently working as the interim head coach.